Do Colleges like rejecting 1600s?

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By Runrickyrun123 (Runrickyrun123) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 05:11 pm: Edit

Not that im gonna get a 1600...just curious.

By Yermama (Yermama) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 06:05 pm: Edit


By Gmf05 (Gmf05) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 06:12 pm: Edit

Yes, some brag about the percentage of 1600's that get rejected, as if it gives them more presitge.

By Kewlkiwi102 (Kewlkiwi102) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 06:21 pm: Edit

Argh. college admissions is a stupider process than i ever thought if colleges in fact purposely reject 1600s.
I doubt that they reject people solely becuase they got a 1600 though. At least, I hope not...

By Feuler (Feuler) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 06:54 pm: Edit

No, I think colleges just admit people based on more important stats that a perfect SAT, and so a lot of people who may have 1600 SATs but aren't that qualified otherwise are rejected, and by reporting how many 1600s they reject they emphasize how hard it is to get in.

Of course, if they DID reject people for 1600s it would be good for me... 1590; what, what!

By Xiggi (Xiggi) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 07:13 pm: Edit

Some people like to act as if they obtained information directly from the horse's mouth. From my vantage point, I believe they polled the opposite end of the animal.

Do yourself a favor and check the 2003-2004 acceptance/rejections for CC posters who reported perfect 1600 scores. If you see evidence that schools LIKE to reject that group of students, it was indeed very well hidden.

By Aim78 (Aim78) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 07:51 pm: Edit

When you have a 1600 and get rejected, something else is lacking. I'm sure that they get some satisfaction out of rejecting 1600's. It gives them a statistic, and makes them all the more prestigious.

By Gmf05 (Gmf05) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 08:12 pm: Edit

Xiggi - I don't mind you offering a different opinion or flat out telling me I'm wrong. However, I'd appreciate it if you would do so with a little more tact. Thanks.

By Qwert271 (Qwert271) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 10:38 pm: Edit

Please don't over analyze this aspect of college admissions. I can't express the frustration this topic stirs up for me. Let me put it this way: one will NEVER get denied admission due to a 1600 (with the exception of @ Tufts, G-Town, etc. where they think you won't attend). Besides, colleges don't boast their 1600 rejection percentage. I have never seen any statistic pertaining to this topic in anything other than a college admissions hepl book, and they overemphasize the statistic because they're trying to appeal to the average stressed out high school student. Average stressed out high school student = 1250/1350. They want to know that they can get in anywhere without a 1600, and that a 1600 won't ensure anything.

By Najy (Najy) on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 12:30 am: Edit

how does one get a 1600?

By Jason (Jason) on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 04:52 am: Edit

Xiggi had the right answer.

Stating that colleges purposely reject 1600s is ridiculous.

By Zantedeschia (Zantedeschia) on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 09:51 pm: Edit

It may seem surprising that a 1600 could be rejected, but if you think about it this way, it's still better than anything lower...
So for ivys and stuff the regular acceptance rate is around 10%. So even if they reject sixty percent of the people with perfect scores, a 40% accept rate is still a lot higher than 10, no?

By Evil_Robot (Evil_Robot) on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 11:01 pm: Edit

I got a 1600 and was waitlisted at 2 tip-top schools. Very good grades, near perfect SATII scores (800/800/780), 5 AP 5s, 2 IB tests, IB diploma, fairly unique extracirriculars, excellent recommendation letters, decent essays, etc. Rejected nowhere, which pleases me. However, I was accepted to Yale and several other extremely prestigious institutions.

I'd chalk it up to colleges looking for different things. I certainly didn't offer anything diversity wise (white, male, engineering), legacy wise, or athletically.

By Jollyapplepie (Jollyapplepie) on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 10:27 am: Edit

"Yes, some brag about the percentage of 1600's that get rejected, as if it gives them more presitge. "

That's amusing in a very twisted way.

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