Most high school seniors have now heard back about their college applications, a process often cast as a kind of “Hunger Games,” with young Americans battling it out for a chance to attend one of more than 3,000 fouryear degreegranting colleges, seeking help wherever it may come, believing that the result will determine the course of their lives. But despite the crush of advisers proffering their supposed expertise for money, the endeavor is shrouded in misconceptions: that colleges don’t check applicants’ socialmedia pages, that worldfamous people like the Obama daughters can get into school with little more than a good recommendation, that most students aren’t admitted to their first choice. (They are, but many can’t attend because of the cost.) Here are five of the most stubborn.
Commencement in May 2016 at Columbia, one of the Ivy League universities — which aren’t necessarily the country’s most selective.