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.
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.