As a college admissions consultant, I always encourage students to succeed at the highest level in both their classes and on the standardized tests required for acceptance at most colleges. But given that success is measured differently for every student, I want to provide some guidance for those who have a mid-range or lower GPA.
In looking for schools that are the right “fit” for your child, we suggest broadening the criteria to include more than just the basics of a “good education” or “schools I have heard of.” Balancing what students think they want with what they need to be successful is challenging. There are a few guidebooks available, such as America’s Best Colleges for B Students and one of my personal favorites, Colleges That Change Lives, which can help mid-range students get started on their college search. Talking through some of the following introspective questions also may help the process to move ahead.