By Willard Dix
Sept 9, 2016
Excerpted from forbes.com
Annually, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) publishes its State of College Admission report. It’s a clear snapshot of college admission landscape based on data collected from hundreds of institutions. The report offers a sober, disinterested look at what students and families (not to mention admission officers and high school counselors) must deal with as they contemplate the college process.
Major news outlets focus on sensational items like single-digit acceptance rates and astronomical test scores needed for admission, but the NACAC report provides broader context. Its data are taken from the annual Admission Trends and Counseling Trends Surveys that NACAC conducts among colleges and high schools. Without fanfare or hype, it highlights important aspects of the admission environment. And although geared to practitioners, it’s clearly written and authoritative, with helpful graphics and charts.
These numbers may seem mundane, but they provide an antidote to scare headlines about A+/1600 students who don’t get into Ivy League schools. Guess what? Hundreds of others didn’t, either, and they’re all going to college somewhere. Students with less than perfect numbers (which is most of them) can take heart as well–someone out there likes them.
Willard Dix was an admissions officer at Amherst College for eight years and college counselor at a Chicago private school for six. For Forbes, he covers the college admissions process and how it affects families. Read his full article as it originally appeared on forbes.com here.