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Early Decision

The Early Decision letters should be mailed this week, perhaps tomorrow according to the nervous teenagers on College Confidential.

UPDATE: This post has been modified by request. The comments no longer make much sense, but they are left for historical interest.

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#1 Comment By Neal On December 13, 2005 @ 5:20 pm

I don’t know why you’re assuming they’re sub 1300. People with quality grades/scores get rejected from Williams all the time because they lack something special. This person said their headmaster wrote them a letter as well. Perhaps their school has multiple candidates applying to Williams.

Having a 1500 and decent grades is not an auto admission, minus something else. I think you’re reading a lot into a nervous high school student’s posting on a college message board.

#2 Comment By David On December 13, 2005 @ 5:29 pm

Perhaps you are correct. I just read “low end of the range for avg. williams applicants” to mean, you know, the low end of the range for average Williams applicants.

According to US News, the 25th percentile for Williams students is 1330.

Of course, it is hard to know what he meant. It is conceivable that he is making a distinction between applicants and enrolled students. The 25th percentile for applicants is, obviously (?), lower than that for enrolled students.

So, if he meant what he wrote, 1300 is not a bad estimate.

#3 Comment By Neal On December 13, 2005 @ 7:17 pm

Pardon my jumping the gun in accusing you of doing same. It was a reasonable presumption from statement on the message board.

And to the prospective, best of luck!

#4 Comment By got in on my own merits On December 13, 2005 @ 7:32 pm

ugh, NOT best of luck to this one!
the last thing williams needs is another subpar prep school white boy (or girl) with connections. no offense meant to the student, but you’re better off at a school that fits you rather than one you have to hang onto coattails in order to get in.

#5 Comment By David On December 13, 2005 @ 8:14 pm

Although there is a lot to be said for going to a school that matches your talents — it is no fun being the dumbest person in a class at Williams, as I know from harsh experience — I am tentative about the meaning of the phrase “got in on my own merits,” as if any of us were solely responsible for what we have achieved by age 18.

Consider two accepted applicants, one with 1300 SATs (and a big-money-donating alumni Daddy) and one with 1600s. Both are accepted. It is easy to claim that the latter got in on his own “merits” while the former did not. But the latter’s high SAT scores did not arise, Athena-like, from just the sweat off his own brow. Those scores are the product of both nature and nurture, of the genes that he inherited from his parents and the environment that he was raised in.

The point here is not to fall into the pit of determinism, but simply to complexify things a bit. Would you rather your child was raised by a man with millions to give to Williams or by a man who reads to his children each night? And if, like me, you would choose the latter, then just what does the phrase “my own merits” mean?

I would expound on this theme, but we are on Chapter 5 of Watership Down and young daughters wait for no man.

#6 Comment By David R On December 13, 2005 @ 8:15 pm

ugh, NOT best of luck to this one!
the last thing williams needs is another subpar prep school white boy (or girl) with connections.

Welcome to the real world. Would you like some cheese with your whine?