I have often said that for every student there are a number of great colleges available. A person does not need to go to an Ivy League University or other highly selective college to make their life worthwhile. What a student does once they go to college is much more important in the long run than the college that the student attends. If you received a thick envelope the past few weeks to the college of your dreams, congratulations. But if you didn’t and you are looking at attending one of your match colleges or even your safety college, remember that this country is fortunate in having thousands of great educational choices available to students. If you did your research well before choosing the colleges to which you applied, you should do well regardless of where you attend.
Richard Shaw, the dean of admissions at Stanford, wrote this week in the Los Angeles Times about this very issue. I recommend reading what Mr. Shaw has to say about keeping the big picture in mind when reviewing your college acceptances.