by Steve Fernandez-Brennan, former admissions officer at Occidental College
At Bright Horizons College Coach, we speak with hundreds of families every week about college admission. And every week, we try to put a stressed out family at ease by saying something like, “Don’t worry about the PSAT or PreACT – colleges will never see that score.” Or, “It’s true that the 11th grade PSAT can have implications for merit scholarship consideration, but no college admission officer will ever see it and use it for admission.”
In the too-often opaque admission process here was advice that didn’t start with, “Well, it depends…” or have multiple caveats. And? Families had one less thing to be anxious about. Anytime we can dial down the stress surrounding the college admission process for students and families, that’s definitely a win.
Enter the University of Michigan.