My son recently took the PSAT and has started receiving both email and snail mail from a few schools. Just how important is the PSAT to colleges and universities?
The answer to your question depends upon which hat an admission officer is wearing: the “recruiter” hat or the “gatekeeper” hat. Let’s start with the recruiter hat first.
No matter how selective a college or university might seem, its admission officers are still charged with drumming up applications. The more applications a school receives → the more popular and selective the school looks → the more students will want to apply → the more applications a school receives. It’s a vicious cycle, I know.