Mosaic Admissions

Why Mosaic?

Sure, it takes grades to get into your dream school.  Grades tell an admissions officer that you can do the work.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Grades are only the first criteria in a process that gets more competitive every year.

Today’s top colleges want to know what you’ll do to make their school a little different.  They will scour your application for opinions, statements, passions, hopes, dreams and fears.  They’re not necessarily looking for the class valedictorian.  They’re looking for someone like you.

Unfortunately, many people get lost in the admissions process.  It’s intimidating.  The essays can be overwhelming.  And you can wind up looking at a blank screen, attempting to outguess the admissions officer, trying to be someone you aren’t.

Interesting Stats

The college admissions process grows more competitive every year.  More high school students are applying to private and public universities, while high school resources are increasingly stretched because of the difficult economic climate.  Here are a few interesting facts that illustrate how tough it can be to gain admission to college, and how working with Mosaic Admissions in conjunction with your high school counselor might help:

  • For its Class of 2019, Harvard admitted a record-low 5.3 percent of applicants – only 1,990 students out of 37,307.  13,500 applicants scored 700 or above on the SAT Critical Reading test, 16,100 scored 700 or above on the SAT Mathematics test, and almost 3,200 were high school valedictorians.
    *Source: Harvard Gazette, 4/1/15
  • The University of Chicago received 30,162 applications for its Class of 2019 – an almost 10 percent increase from the previous year.  The University’s acceptance rate has dropped 32.5 percent in the past decade.
    Source: The Chicago Maroon, 4/20/15
  • The percentage of freshman applicants admitted to the Colorado School of Mines has decreased 36.6 percent since 2000.
    *Source: Peterson’s 4 Year Colleges, 2000; Huffpost Education blog entry, 4/25/15
  • The number of freshman applicants to New York University surged to a high of 60,322 in 2015 – a 31.8 percent increase from 2013.
    *Source: Admissions Statistics for the Class of 2019, TopTier Admissions  
  • The percentage of freshman applicants admitted to Northwestern University has dropped 18 percent over the past ten years.
    *Source: The Daily Northwestern, 3/25/15
  • While the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends a 250-to-1 ratio of high school students to counselors, the national average is actually 491-to-1 (2013-2014 school year).
    *Source: American School Counselor Association, 2016.

    • Only three states meet or fall below the recommended ratio.
    • Colorado exceeds the national average, with a student to counselor ratio of 395-to-1.
    • Counselors in Arizona are stretched most thin, with the ratio a staggering 941-to-1.
    • To see how the individual states measure, click here.
  • High school guidance counselors spend on average only 24 percent of their time advising students on college admissions.
    *Source: 2014 State of College Admission, National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)
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