To the thousands of students grappling with a recent rejection from an Ivy League or similarly selective university, the college admissions process can seem unfair. And guess what? They’re right. The competition among the highly selective universities to recruit what amounts to a virtual handful of students leads to a purposeful lack of transparency in their admissions practices. This opacity encourages among families unrealistic expectations, undue stress, and, for the vast majority of applicants, eventual disappointment. Is this anxiety and heartbreak simply a natural consequence of a brutally selective process? No, says College Coach’s Ian Fisher.