snowbeltmom Posted May 14, 2017 Share Posted May 14, 2017 Finally read through the entire thread here. Seems to me that there are two problems, first that the SATs and ACTs are not distinguishing better in the top 10%ile. If someone has a 34 on the ACTs (isn't 36 the max?) and can't get into top schools, can you really blame them for thinking they were "great" or is it that the ACTs are not doing what they need to to convey that this person is *not* near the top of the pack? Shouldn't the top 10 %ile points be separated into a number of their own maybe...(Does that make sense? 90%ile =34, 91%ile=35, ... 99%ile=45) Second, if there's this much demand for great schools from truly great students these second rate schools should start becoming "ivy's" or put another way, if Yale is rejecting 90% of qualified students, why not create a second Yale somewhere else in the country? So either, grades are inflated and SATs and ACT scores are inflated OR, there should be more top-notch schools opening up to fill in the gap to pick up these brilliant kids. Maybe I'm wrong, but I feel like Stanford is one of those schools that used to be average and has been able to push itself into Ivy status by virtue of the Bay Area growing up around it and giving them the visibility and population to become choosy about their students. Why aren't there other schools doing the same? In my opinion, we already do have a lot of other "top-notch" schools in this country. They may not have the "brand-name" of an Ivy, but they all offer an amazing education and are well-known in industry. My senior turned down the Ivy league to attend a school that practically no one in our area has ever heard of. There are a lot of great college out there. 15 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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