There have been a lot of surprises this year. Many students are disappointed with the number of “reach colleges” from whom they have received either rejection or waitlist letters. The stastics support the anecdotes. Harvard and Yale for example have their lowest acceptance rates ever (fewer than 7% accepted). And the wait-lists across the board appear to be longer than ever. Clearly the admission management folks are having a hard time predicting their yield. The high number of colleges being applied to by each student is contributing to the difficulty. This only supports the notion that the students have to have targets and likelies that they are excited about!