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How important is my high school's reputation in the college admissions process?

Hey everyone! I'm a junior and I'm curious about how much my high school's reputation matters in the college admissions process. Will attending a more prestigious high school give me an advantage or does it not make much of a difference? Thanks for any insight!

11 months ago

Hey there! My child went through the college admissions process not too long ago, so I can share our experience. While a high school's reputation might have some influence, it's not the most critical factor in the admissions process. Colleges tend to focus more on individual achievements and how well you've made use of the opportunities available at your school. If you've excelled academically and have been actively involved in extracurricular activities, that will likely carry more weight than the reputation of your high school alone. That said, prestigious high schools may offer more resources and opportunities, which could help you stand out in the admissions process. However, it ultimately comes down to how you take advantage of these opportunities and showcase your unique qualities. In short, the reputation of your high school might play a minor role, but it's your personal achievements and experiences that will make the most significant impact. Keep working hard and stay involved, and you'll be in a good position for college admissions. Good luck!

11 months ago

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