3 years ago
Admissions Advice

How accurate are these chancing?

I am currently a junior in high school making lists of where to apply in the fall. So I decided to come on here to see where I had a chance. all of the schools It says are safety's but on other websites my stats aren't enough to be a safety but more a match. So I am little confused why it would say 90% chance for all of them. For anyone who has gotten in to college how accurate is this?


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2 answers

3 years ago

Hello! College vine can be a very helpful tool, however I would not suggest making any life-changing decisions based on their calculator.

Their are several things you can do to see if you are likely to get accepted to a college. You can look at the average SAT score of incoming freshmen. If your SAT score is higher than that, then you could have a decent chance. Of course, admissions decisions are based on much more than SAT scores. If your SAT score is lower than that, but you still really, really want to go there, and your other qualifications are good, consider not submitting your SAT score to that college.

Another thing you can do, is search the college name and "college board" on google. The first result should be a college board web page that lists a whole bunch of details on that college. You will see the minimum course requirements or recommendations. Making sure you meet all these is one of the best ways to be more confident in your chances with that college.

You will also see the acceptance rate. If it is below 30%, then you should be an A-average student with good extracurriculars to have a solid chance of being admitted.

Below 20% and you should have taken lots of APs, high level math, and just be a good applicant in general.

Do not make the same mistake that I did and end up applying to 6 different colleges, but all of them have low acceptance rates. Then you'll have to apply to more very late in the year. Yes, they are really good colleges that you want to go to. That's why their acceptance rates are low.

This does not mean to not apply to those colleges at all, if there is one that really means a lot to you. Just make sure to also apply to some with lower acceptance rates, that you also know you'll be able to pay for (if that is a problem for you).

I hope this helps!

3 years ago

Hey @angiewhite,

I had a similar question when I joined. I looked it up on Google and found this Admissions Advice Forum. One post with an expert's opinion on a similar question has the best explanation that I've seen so far. I highly encourage you to check it out; I think it'll answer your question. I'll link it below and some similar questions posted on this forum for you to check those answers as well.

As a note, the admissions calculator underwent a significant change today. So, your chances may have dropped to lower percentages since everyone's chances seem to have done as well.

Hope this helps! Thanks

Expert Answer to Question (Scroll Down): https://www.collegevine.com/questions/1896/how-accurate-are-collegevine-admission-predictions

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Duke University
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Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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