The Numbers Don’t Lie. Numerical Truth
About College Admissions
When it comes to college admissions, there are more myths than the Greeks ever conceived. So how do we know the truths? The annual “State of College Admission” report collects facts. Top line good news, your student is not more likely to be struck by lightning than to be admitted to Stanford.
According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, it’s actually not hard to get into a 4-year college. A number of schools accept more than 85 percent of applicants. While we welcome you to look at the entire report at the link above, below is a summary.
Some facts:
  • The average four-year college admits nearly two-thirds of those who apply.
  • Factors in Admissions Decisions which matter most in order of importance:
    • Grades (all courses)
    • Grades (college prep)
    • Admission test scores (SAT, ACT)
    • Strength of curriculum
    • Essay or writing sample
    • Counselor recommendation
    • Demonstrated interest
    • Teacher recommendation
NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: The top factors in admission decisions for first-time international students were similar to those of first-time domestic students, with the important exception of English proficiency exam scores.
  • The order of influence of personal characteristics of first-time freshmen on admissions decisions.
    • High school attended
    • Race/ethnicity
    • State or county of residence
    • First-generation status
    • Ability to pay
    • Gender
    • Alumni ties
  • Odds of admission are greater when applying early than Regular Decision. Over the course of one year for most applicants. Among all colleges with Early Decision, their regular admit rate was 50.7 percent, but the rate for Early Decision was 62.3 percent. For colleges with Early Action, the overall admit rate was 64.1 percent and the rate for Early Action applicants was 73.6 percent.
  • The average student-to-college counselor rate for schools is 313 students per counselor at public schools and 263 per counselor at private schools.
For the personal one-on-one help your student deserves, connect with an International College Counselors advisor by calling 954-414-9986.
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About International College Counselors
International College Counselors works with students from all over the world to help them reach their college and graduate school goals. Through a personal, one-on-one approach, the expert college advisors create an individualized plan for each student based on the student’s strengths, weaknesses, and passions. The holistic process helps families of middle school, high school, and college-aged students alleviate stress, avoid confusion, and get results.
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Additional Resources
From Public School to the Ivy League: How to get into a top school without top dollar resources by Mandee Heller Adler, Founder of International College Counselors
International Admissions: How to get accepted to U.S. Colleges by Mandee Heller Adler, Founder of International College Counselors, and Aimee Heller
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International College Counselors
(954) 414-9986 or (800) 452-9090
International College Counselors
Office Locations
Florida:
Boca Raton, Coral Gables, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Beach, Palm Beach,
Wellington, West Palm Beach, Weston
Connecticut:
Westport
North Carolina:
Charlotte
International Offices:
Medellin, Colombia
Caracas, Venezuela

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