What are your chances of getting into college?

Without accurate chancing information, it is hard to know if you have realistic goals. Your CollegeVine account gets you access to our world-class admissions calculator and expert guidance through the entire college process. It's 100% free, always.

Can I even get into college?

How hard is it to get into Harvard?

How can I improve my chances at the most selective schools?

Understanding your chances can be difficult

At CollegeVine, we take the guesswork out of college admissions. There are many misconceptions families have about acceptance rates and their admissions chances. There are important things you need to understand about your chances, including:

The figure on a school’s website is not your chance of getting in

Most schools have an acceptance rate somewhere between 20% and 80%, and students assume they have that same chance of getting in. This is not true. Schools calculate this ratio by dividing the number of accepted students by the total number of students who applied. It only applies to the group as a whole. Within that applicant pool, some students have a 99% chance of acceptance, while others have a less than 1% chance of getting in.

There are factors outside your control that have an impact on your admissions chances

You’ve probably heard that your SAT and GPA impact your admissions chances, but did you know that your home state does as well? Colleges and universities build each class to include a diverse array of students, and that means selecting for diverse racial, economic, and personal backgrounds. When estimating your admissions chances, be sure that your calculation takes your background information into account.

Everything you do in high school can impact your admissions outcomes

Admissions officers want to know the details of what you’ve done throughout high school to estimate how well you will perform as an undergraduate. Grades matter, but so does the difficulty of the classes you took. Extracurricular activities count, both in terms of what positions you have held and how you have improved your community.

How hard is it to get into
a selective school?

A number of CollegeVine students aspire to attend one of the nation’s most selective universities. Shooting for Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and similar schools is exciting, but only a few students can reasonably expect to stand a chance in admissions. The low acceptance rates apply to each school’s applicant pool as a whole and should not be taken as your personal chance of acceptance. If you are a legacy at one of these schools, a celebrity, or a world-class athlete, your chances may be much higher than those listed. For everyone else, admission to Yale, MIT, and the like is reserved for students with exceptionally strong profiles.

How can you calculate your
chances of acceptance?

The internet is full of chat rooms and school calculators that promise a specific figure for the likelihood of acceptance at your dream school. However, most of these resources only consider a handful of details when determining what sort of applicant you are. Our chancing calculator takes all factors into account. You can break your overall admissions factors into four main categories:

  • History
  • Test scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal background

Every college scores your application in these four categories before making a decision about whether to admit you.

We can predict your
real admissions chances

CollegeVine is the only college guidance company that offers data-driven chancing, then works with students to help optimize their profiles. While other companies focus on the art of admissions, we use thousands of actual applicant results to reduce chancing to a science. Beyond that, we can help you improve your chances by teaching you how to showcase your strengths on the application. We’ll help you with preparing your application, gaining acceptance, and even getting off the waitlist.

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