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Apr. 4th, 2010 | 12:41 am
posted by: marisaelizabeth in barnard

I'm a high school junior and planning on applying to Barnard early decision next fall. I've been trying to read up on this elsewhere but haven't had much luck aside from quoted stats which just tend to scare me, though for most of them, I'm 'in range'. But, long story short, ridiculously small school (100 students/class) and not totally confident that I will be in the top ten percent of that class. Basically, I'm afraid that my rank, while still unknown, could potentially hurt my overall application. I'm not asking for a prediction of admittance-just wondering if any of you have some words of wisdom regarding rank, low(er) ranks, and or how much that 'matters' in reality. 


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from: fiachasorcha
date: Apr. 4th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)

I wouldn't worry too much about ranks. Barnard seems to admit based on the whole student vs. a list of numbers. It's one of those benefits of the whole smaller school atmosphere. The way I understand it, it's never one thing that makes or breaks an application, but a whole list of factors that contribute to being admitted.

I know that isn't quite what you wanted, but I didn't apply early decision, so I'm not really sure what that's like. My best advice would just be not to put all your eggs in one basket (oh, Easter pun!), but that if you're a good fit for the school, your rank won't be a deal breaker.

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from: bluemiree
date: Apr. 4th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)

what she said.

if you go on a tour/info session, you'll keep hearing that Barnard evaluates applications "holistically," meaning that they try to take everything into account. grades matter, SATs matter, but essays and recommendations and your interview also matter. you, as a person, matter. the counselors are also pretty familiar with the high schools in their territories, and how they approach grading and ranking.

basically, don't sweat the small stuff. make sure you present yourself in the best light and that you explain why you particularly love Barnard. make sure your recommendations reflect your strengths. be the est version of yourself that you can be, and there should be no problems :)

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from: plungerdna
date: Apr. 5th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)

I honestly don't think anyone could answer this question with 100% certainty--even and admission's office (I worked in one in grad school and there was always a randomness factor).

It can never hurt to apply and keep your hopes up. Look at other schools too, but if you have a solid application otherwise, your chances are probably just as good as anyone else.

Good luck with the application process!

--Julie BC'04

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