Boulder, Colorado Educational Consultant, Cara Ray, Provides Suggestions Regarding When Students Should Appeal a College Admissions Decision

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As college admissions decisions are released and high school students are considering their options, some of them may be considering whether or not to appeal a decision.

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Boulder-based college consultant Cara Ray

Students and parents are very sensitive during this time and they often try to find any reason possible that they were not granted an admissions acceptance.

Montgomery Educational Consulting's Senior Associate educational consultant, Cara Ray, is familiar with the celebrations and disappointments that can come along with college admissions decisions. However, in a recent post on the company website titled When Should You Appeal A College Admissions Decision? Ms. Ray explains that students may want to think twice before they try and appeal their decision.

Ms. Ray explains that if a student is rejected from a college of their choice, they should strongly consider their other options. Appeals are very rarely granted and there must be good reason given for a college to reconsider their decision. In her previous position as Senior Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Colorado Boulder, Cara often saw students and parents filing appeals, particularly at this time of the year. "Students and parents are very sensitive during this time and they often try to find any reason possible that they were not granted an admissions acceptance. Perhaps they don't understand how one of their friends got accepted, and they didn't, or how their legacy status didn't help them get in." Ms. Ray elaborates, "Admissions decisions are emotional and so it is completely understandable that a student wants to do everything possible to get in to the school of their choice, but they need to realize that they must have good reason to justify the appeal."

Students should have new information ready to share with their college if they are planning to appeal a decision. This new information should be substantial and should present the admissions committee with something they wouldn't have considered previously, an error in the application, or something that was misreported.

Mark Montgomery, President of Montgomery Educational Consulting, adds, "Students should not take an appeal lightly. Just because they are upset with a decision and think it is unfair is not enough reason to try for an appeal."

Students should also check the individual college's policy on appeals and make sure to follow their instructions carefully regarding how and when it is appropriate to file an appeal.

From offices in Colorado and New Jersey, Montgomery Educational Consulting offers comprehensive, personalized educational counseling services to students locally, around the country, and around the world. These college admissions experts guide students every step of the way as they navigate the university search and application process. Then, they help students get admitted to the college that is right for them.

For more information about Montgomery Educational Consulting, call 720.279.7577, or email info(at)greatcollegeadvice(dot)com. Or visit

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