“What do you mean she might not get into UCONN?” a stunned mother from Waterford, CT said last year during a college counseling session. “Donna has nearly straight As and is involved in dozens of activities.”
Donna’s SATs were below 1200.
Off the record, I have heard 1260 is needed for most students. There are exceptions, of course, including the usual suspects: athletes, underrepresented minorities, those with connections, some with extraordinary stories and those with top notch grades in rigorous courses.(valedictorians and salutatorians are essentially guaranteed admission). But Donna had none of those.
As for grades…Connecticut high schools are doing a horrible disservice to their students by having rampant grade inflation. Donna had excellent grades but, according to a recent study, 47% of students had A averages. Donna was also not in top classes.
Fortunately, we met in February last year. Donna took our Spring SAT class and shot her test scores into the 1300s and was recently admitted to UCONN.