A senior from Walton High in Marietta sent me an email saying the high-achieving school made it harder for her to get into college.
The girl said guidance counselors pressured her to take 11 AP classes and she earned mainly Bs and Cs. She says she would have earned As in easier classes.
She thought the tougher classes would give her a better shot of getting into college. But she was rejected from Georgia Tech and waitlisted at UGA even though she has a 3.6 GPA and SAT score of 1900.
(The girl wrote that she’s president of one student club, vice president of another and a minority. I take it she thought these things would boost her shot at admission.)
College admission officers have told me they look at coursework and grades when reviewing applications, so it would seem like the guidance counselors gave the girl good advice.
But the recession has led to an increase in applications at state colleges across the nation, making this an especially competitive admissions year.
Was the school right to encourage the girl to take so many AP courses? What advice would you have given?