By Musa Tahir
The process of applying to college is always very stressful for high school students around the world. Students first have to create and send their applications, which would presumably take a lot of time and commitment, and then anxiously wait for the news of whether they are admitted or not. Personally, I haven’t gone through this process, and am wondering how difficult this process is here at OES in comparison to other schools. In addition, I wonder if colleges take into account this school’s rigorous academics, as the same student may receive higher grades at another school. I asked an OES senior and the college counselor about these curiosities, and the answers to these inquiries are below.
- How difficult do you think the process of applying for college here at OES is in comparison to other schools and why?
Trevor: “I would say it’s easier because we have so many resources readily available. So many individuals of the faculty really care and it’s nice to see that. Since we are a relatively small school, faculty can truly focus on individual students which is definitely very helpful.”
Paula (College Counselor): “Applying to college is hard work and paying attention to the details is important. OES students are fortunate to have college counselors to guide them through the process, which is one of the benefits of a private school. We are able to help students at each stage of the process and that kind of assistance makes a complicated process easier for students to navigate.”
- Do you think colleges take into account this school’s rigorous workload and academics when deciding whether our school’s students are admitted or not?
Trevor: “Most schools do take that into account, but state colleges don’t since they get so many applications and don’t have time to look into the school. Most OES students don’t really apply to many state colleges though, so it doesn’t affect us as much as you think it would.”
Paula: “College admission offices typically pay close attention to school context when reading applications. They know that they can make admission decisions more effectively if they understand the high school involved. Colleges are aware that OES is a challenging college preparatory school. We send them a school profile that provides an overview of our academic offerings, grading system, and the demographics of our students. The school profile, combined with the college’s experience reading OES applications over the years, gives each college a good sense of who we are and that information benefits our students. It is important to point out that colleges don’t prefer students from certain high schools over others. However, when reading applications they want to make sure they understand the applicant in the context of the high school the student attends.”