Letter: New math on college applications

What can high school students do to impress

What can high school students do to impress college admissions officers? Mandee Heller Adler, author of "From Public School to the Ivy League: How to Get into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources," has some advice. (Credit: iStock)

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In "How to reduce college applications" [Opinion, April 7], Roslyn schools Superintendent Dan Brenner argues that the Common Application makes it easier to apply to more colleges. He's right about that, but wrong that it affects a student's chance of getting into a specific school.

If each year there are 2 million students applying for 1 million available college positions, the same percentage of students will get in to college, regardless of whether each student sends out three or 10 applications. Students can only attend one college, even if they apply and are accepted to multiple institutions.

Those college positions that are rejected do not cease to exist. They are then offered to other students. Colleges manage their incoming class by either offering a larger number of positions than the school plans to fill, knowing that many of those offers will be rejected, or by accepting students on a waiting list.

Daniel Bronheim, Great Neck
 

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