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• 06/29/2020 at 03:45AM

National Database of Geogrpahical Represnation?

So this is a very wierd question:

Does anyone know of a “database” that has the geographical representation of students admitted at schools NOT by region. Similar to the map for Princeton. I really only want the data for flagship public schools such as X state university and ivy+ schools.

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• 06/29/2020 at 03:54PM

Man... this is tough. I spent a few minutes searching for something similar and I don’t think there’s a consistent database between schools for this kind of information. The closest approximation of the information I assume you’re looking for is how competitive it is to get into schools if you’re from a certain state—the best way I’d say for approximating this data is their “geographical residence” section on the Common Data Set for any school and the NMSQT cutoff scores for each state. Typically, schools that weight “geographical residence” higher will lower expectations for less competitive states (states with low NMSQT cutoffs, as an approximation of competitiveness) more than schools that don’t care about geographical residence. Also, any school that brags about having students from ALL 50 states probably do this as well.

It’s not an exact science, and as someone from a pretty rural state, it’s easy to wish it was, so I’ll leave more resources here if I can find them, but I think your best bet is looking at the Common Data Set for schools and NMSQT cutoffs for states to approximate host residence might impact your chances, if that’s what you were hoping for with the map.

You could also try talking to your regional admissions officer, but they likely wouldn’t give you solid numbers by state, and no matter what schools put on the Common Data Set for how they weight geographical residence they will pretty much tell you where you live won’t impact your chances of admission, not counting in state/out of state for schools that care about that.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@DebaterMAX06/29/2020 at 05:20PM [edited]

Ally I know the common data set exists but how can I acess it?


@AllyG06/29/2020 at 05:25PM

I would look up “(school name) common data set” for any schools you want the data for, they’re on the website of every college I’ve tried this for, including UMich and Rice, which I remember you mentioning on a separate thread. I think they’re required to have their common data set published so googling should get you there. Let me know if that works for you!

[🎤 AUTHOR]@DebaterMAX06/29/2020 at 05:26PM

Ah didn’t know if it via the school or through the organization! Thank you

• 06/29/2020 at 02:57PM

Hey DebaterMAX! This is a weird question but I believe that searching thoroughly will help you find what you are looking for.