Assuming there will still be institutions of higher learning when MoonPie graduates, I won’t be all that upset if she decides NOT to go.
From National Review Online:
Russ Nieli reports on a study of eight “highly competitive” colleges’ admissions:
But what Espenshade and Radford found in regard to what they call “career-oriented activities” was truly shocking even to this hardened veteran of the campus ideological and cultural wars. Participation in such Red State activities as high school ROTC, 4-H clubs, or the Future Farmers of America was found to reduce very substantially a student’s chances of gaining admission to the competitive private colleges in the NSCE database on an all-other-things-considered basis. The admissions disadvantage was greatest for those in leadership positions in these activities or those winning honors and awards. “Being an officer or winning awards” for such career-oriented activities as junior ROTC, 4-H, or Future Farmers of America, say Espenshade and Radford, “has a significantly negative association with admission outcomes at highly selective institutions.” Excelling in these activities “is associated with 60 or 65 percent lower odds of admission.”
I can’t believe being President of the 4-H Chapter isn’t good enough. I guess I better get her started on Bridge as a back-up plan. Between that and her extensive knowledge of Star Wars trivia, she should be fine. What else could college recruiters want?