Don’t Give a S**t Index

So I so this list of the 500 colleges with the highest yield rates (above 23%) at Lendedu
Well, I did a bit of data manipulations and came up with a list of where I divided the yield rate by the accept rate, getting a figure I called the DGS factor (Don’t Give a S**T)..
In particular, it is a list of colleges by how much they care whether you really want to go there.
I’ll use a personal example.  My two older kids were very strong college applicants- straight A’s, strong scores, mostly AP’s.  Son a National Merit Scholar, Daughter a National AP Scholar.
Son went to visit number 14 on the list and went to sign in.  He asked where he should sign in and they said they don’t have such a list!
Daughter applied to number 200 as a safety school (she was admitted to places like Middlebury and Swarthmore).  She got stuck in traffic so visited the college after admissions was closed.  She was waitlisted.
So when students ask you whether it is important for them to let the colleges know how much they want to go there, check out the DGS index.  If colleges are not on the list, I suspect that they have yield rates under 23%.
Check it out at the link below:

Author: Scott White

I am a nationally recognized expert on college admissions, having worked in schools and colleges for 35 years. I have been regularly quoted in major publications including the NY Times, the LA Times, The Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, Time Magazine and others. I am widely published on various aspects of the college admissions process and present at state and national conferences on a variety of college admissions related topics. I have worked in college admissions as well as independent day and boarding schools. The last 25 years I have worked in public schools, 14 as a school counselor and then as a Director of Guidance at elite, suburban public schools including Montclair High School, Westfield High School and Morristown High School. I am now an independent college counselor for SW College Consulting in Montclair. I can be contacted as or 973-919-6798.

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