While my son has gained entry into most of the name colleges he applied to besides his reach schools, I was amazed to read that even non-top tier schools had 50,000 applications for only a couple thousand spaces.
And while I always read the list at the end of the year lists which stated where students are attending college, I question the continued publishing of the list since only the top 1 percent relish in the bragging rights. Formerly, I would read the list and make a judgement (as most do) but now, as I have a senior, I realize that we need to choose not the highest rated college for him, but the best fit for his needs. For instance, the college with the best reputation has snow which he doesn't want to deal with. But being that the list only prints the name of the college he will attend, it neglects the list of options and readers are left to judge ("That's the best he could do?"). Therefore, I suggest that the list no longer be published. While the college he has chosen is a name school with a good reputation, it's not an Ivy or first-tier school and the list entices untruthful answers. Is it really anyone's business where our students attend college, except to encourage snickering?