Originally Posted by tennis5
in general, colleges like a very large applicant pool.
It has nothing to do with their love for wading through endless resumes of prospective college students for the perfect match.
A college can get a very large applicant pool by posting a range of SAT scores that kids can rely on as indicators that they have a chance..
The infamous 25th to 75th percentile range.
Then, the student whose is at the 50% thinks they have a reasonable shot to get in.
The large applicant pool, and subsequent rejections equal a better number for the ranking game.
While, the lower range is set aside sometimes for select athletes, deep pocket donors, etc,
it does not happen very often.
My daughter is at an Ivy, so I did do some research on this.
The posted ranges are the ranges of applicants who were actually admitted. If you are at the 50% point, then you do have a pretty good chance of being admitted. I don't think that 50% of accepted applicants are athletes, children of big donors, etc. So, at the 50% point, you have better scores than many applicants who get accepted and are in no special category.