Feeder high schools and top colleges

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Feeder high schools and top colleges

People will ask me – when I meet with them – if their students are in middle school, “What high school should I go to? What high school will guarantee my child acceptance into an Ivy League or a top college?” And you have to understand that college admissions – years ago, it was… there was for sure certain private prep schools on the East coast that were very overrepresented in the Ivy League and were feeder school to the Ivy League. But admissions has changed. It’s very egalitarian. It’s very PC. And they don’t want their freshmen class filled with students from five different prep schools. They really want a cross section and the representation of students from high schools all over the country and every state in the country. So going to a certain high school thinking that’s going to be a feeder to the top colleges is really misguided. It’s not a pipeline like it used to be.
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Susan Eiges Hansen

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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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