How to Build a Balanced High School Application

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Dear families,

Today we’re writing to share five tips for building a balanced high school application. Submitting a balanced application is your best chance to get an offer to a program you want.

  • Tip 1. Choose 12 programs for your application, any of which you’d be happy to attend. Last year, 97% of students who listed 12 programs on their application got an offer to one of those programs.
  • Tip 2. Place your choices on the application in your true order of preference. This is always the best strategy: you will be considered for your first-choice program first, and if it isn’t possible to make you an offer there, you will be considered for your second-choice program next, as if it had always been your first choice. Additionally, schools will never know if they were your first or twelfth choice.
  • Tip 3. Consider program demand. If you are applying to some high-demand programs—in other words, programs where there are 3 or more applicants per seat—also apply to some programs that have 1 or 2 applicants per seat. You can see any program’s applicants per seat on its MySchools page and you can use the “Applicants Per Seat” filter to find schools with different levels of demand.
  • Tip 4. Know your priority group at each program. If the programs you’re applying to have more than one admissions priority group, be sure to apply to some programs where you are in priority group 1. You can also find this information on the programs’ MySchools pages.
  • Tip 5. Consider a balance of admissions methods. Finally, if you are applying to some programs that use a screened or audition admissions method, consider also applying to some programs that use an open or educational option (ed. opt.) admissions method. 

Don’t forget to submit your balanced application by December 1. Need support with your MySchools account or your application? We’re here to help! Talk to your child’s school counselor or contact a Family Welcome Center.

Thank you, 

The High School Admissions Team, Office of Student Enrollment 

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