When are students chaff — and when are they just not the right fit for a college?

You've got the right college fit? Hey, whatever it takes to sleep at night

College admissions counselors I’ve spoken to and read about always seem to play down the importance of getting into a prestigious school and instead stress that students need to have the “right fit” with a college.

Ah, the “right fit.” It sounds so warm and fuzzy and holistic.

But students — and their anxious helicopter parents — then read lines such as this in The Wall Street Journal:

Only 12% of applicants made it into Harvard Business School last year. It’s Dee Leopold’s job to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Ouch.