Your high school helps or hurts your admissions chances

I don’t have to tell you that the higher you score on your grades, the more favorable your first impression to admissions officers will be. You might think that this information conflicts with what I’ve told you in the past– because I’ve really encouraged you to be a leader and to find activities that will help you grow and stand out. So I’m not telling you not to do that. But I need to be a little crass on this email to help you be realistic and assess your own admissions chances.

Many students overlook or minimize Naviance as a way to assess admissions chances, subbing it out for college-level data or U.S. News. But no other tool will be more helpful to you in assessing admissions chances than Naviance. Why? Because Naviance has GPA and test score data that are SPECIFIC TO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL. I’m sorry to say that you’re going to be competing most closely for college acceptances with your friends and classmates, but it’s the truth.

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