When my family returned from our spring break trip in early April, one of the first things my college-senior daughter did was to check with friends about their latest college admissions news. While for most of the cohort, college plans were solidified months ago, some top students were awaiting admissions word from elite private schools that don’t announce decisions until the end of March.

One of my daughter’s friends, a premier student, unfortunately didn’t receive good news from her dream East Coast destination. A top 1% in class ranking, a perfect 36 on the ACT, and superior performance in a portfolio of college-level AP courses were apparently not enough to convince the admissions committee. So she’ll have to “settle” for a full ride as a designated freshman scholar to an honors program at one of the top state school computer engineering departments in the country. Pretty nice consolation if you ask me.

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