After watching so many misconceptions about the admissions process get passed around from parent to parent and even be inflated in the media, I am tempted to change the name of my practice to "THE REAL DEAL."
Only someone who has actually worked as an Admissions Officer (not someone who gave tours for the office as an undergraduate and claims to have worked "in admissions") truly knows what goes on behind closed doors in admissions committee meetings. Only someone deep on the inside knows how the college or university's goals play out in the committee's decisions. There is a lot of misinformation out there. Do not believe what your friends and neighbors tell you about the process or what a longtime teacher or guidance counselor in your school district says. Ask an expert. Get the real deal.