How Do You Determine What Your Chances of Admission Are?

Assessing your record, your strengths and weaknesses, and examining the college's selectivity and statistics will give you some idea. Knowing whom a college has admitted or denied in the past can also give you some clue, but be aware that it can be dangerous to generalize too much from past decisions: the student who got in with grades lower than yours may have had unusually strong recommendations; she may have been an extraordinary violinist; he may have been the son of an alumna.

Obviously, grades and test scores are not the only things taken into account in a selective admission process, but it is a good place to start in evaluating your chances at a particular college. The deans have access to a spreadsheet containing three years’ worth of recent college admissions data, College Kickstart allows you to compare your academic profile to other applicants to a particular college, and the back of this Handbook details some useful admissions data. Before you start looking at statistics, however, take the following steps:

Evaluate yourself. What kinds of grades have you earned? What kind of testing profile do (will) you have? How rigorous is the curriculum you have selected? We can help provide a context for this.

Get the facts on the colleges in which you are interested. What is the acceptance rate? What is the average GPA of accepted candidates? What is the middle 50% range of SAT scores of accepted applicants?

Compare your grades and scores with those of your selected schools. College Kickstart is a useful tool that allows you to compare your statistics to previous applicants from AOC.