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Just because someone writes something on a message board on College Confidential does not mean it’s true!

We so often receive emails and calls that go something like this: “I read on College Confidential…” We typically check out after those first few words because we know better than anyone that the next words to be said in that string are likely entirely inaccurate. That’s right. Inaccurate. College Confidential is a message board. It’s a really nice, big community of stressed out parents, students, and, as Conan O’Brien might add “weirdos who just go to these things.” If you’re not in high school or college and you’re not the parent of a high schooler, it would be strange to frequent this website. We happen to agree with Conan. Although Conan has never made public remarks on College Confidential. He just made a similar remark about folks who go to commencement ceremonies when they don’t know anyone in particular graduating. So we went with this. Deal with it.

While there can indeed at times be good information on College Confidential (sometimes even great information!), there’s also a whole lot of bad information on these message boards. Just because someone writes something does not mean that which is written is true. Maybe it’s a stressed out high school junior trying to throw everyone off so she writes how a deadline to submit applications has now passed…when in fact it has not! Don’t think that happens? You haven’t been perusing the message boards of College Confidential long enough! Some people write inaccurate things on these message boards because they don’t know any better. Some do it intentionally. And, yes, there is indeed some accurate information sprinkled in there. The key word there is sprinkled. Like on ice cream.

So by all means if visiting College Confidential makes you feel good, keep doing it. It if stresses you out about the college admissions process more than you already are stressed, stop going there. But do realize either way that not everything on these message boards is accurate. Quite a lot is entirely inaccurate. So just have this in mind next time you email us and lead with: “I saw on College Confidential…” Oh boy…


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  • College Father says:

    An MIT admissions rep posted this on College Confidential: Reminder: No one, not even me, can give you an accurate chance at MIT!

    This was regarding the What Are My Chances thread on College Confidential, where other high school students evaluate a poster’s chances of getting in to a list of colleges. It is a ridiculous concept, akin to giving serious attention to medical advice given out by high school students.

    They’ve just redone their site, and had a long thread about their new look. I recommended that if they really wanted to improve the site that they eliminate the WHAT ARE MY CHANCES forum, cited the MIT admissions officer’s comment, and said that that forum is filled with inaccuracy and rudeness.

    My comment was removed and I was banned from posting on the site.

    They seem to have a thin skin there.

    PS: In a private message I sent to a College Confidential 3000+ posts poster, asking if she was an admissions counselor, she said no, she was just a mother, but she might as well be an admissions counselor based on all of her experience. She also said that my daughter didn’t have a chance at any of the schools to which she was applying. She may have been right on most of them, because my daughter chose to apply early decision to the hardest school on her list (a NESCAC – Little Ivy school) and was accepted.

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