As a college admissions counselor specializing in students with big ambitions (e.g. Ivy League, Military Service Academies/ROTC, Athletic scholarships), I have seen dreams realized, shattered, and everything in between.
In this case study, I reveal what goes through an MIT college admissions officers' mind as they review Mia's application. What do they care about, what do they disregard, what jumps out, and what factors might seal the deal for her (for good or bad)?
Mia just finished her junior year at a big public high school in CA. She has a great GPA, killer SAT score, nearly perfect SAT Subject Test scores, and some impressive extracurricular activities.
Will this seemingly extraordinary application stand out?
Here are the summary findings for Mia:
Objective Academic Metrics:
Very strong. A combination of academics, work, STEM camp, internships.
Honors & Awards:
Very good. Nationally and Internationally competitive.
Letters of Recommendation:
strong across the board
Demonstration of Interest:
excellent (connected with professor, visit, tour)
Well-written and aligned with her interests
female interested in STEM
Will Mia get into MIT? Check out the video to hear my rationale.
MORAL OF THE STORY
In the end, Mia had a strategic plan. She had someone to prompt her at the appropriate times to think about: (1) class selection, (2) study strategies, (3) summer activity ideas, (4) essay brainstorming, (5) branding, etc.
If your child needs this type of guidance, enroll them in PrepWell Academy in 9th or 10th grade, where I provide them with weekly advice, recommendations, and inspiration via video lessons.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I hope to see your son or daughter inside PrepWell Academy soon.
If you want a copy of the "College Admissions Snapshot" to use with your child or students, please contact me and I'll send you one.
Author: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank, etc.
PrepWell Academy is an online mentoring program that immerses teens in a variety of experiences and opportunities. In doing so, it helps them find and pursue their passions in a way that will not only make them extremely compelling college applicants, but also young adults who are well equipped to face life's future challenges. Black's specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League admissions, and student-athletes.