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New Facebook app tells chance of college acceptance

With more than 2,000 universities all over the country, applying to college can be a bit overwhelming. Anyone who was, or still is, in high school can relate to the feeling of anxiety as you wait for that college acceptance letter. However, the wait could be over with the new facebook app.

On Tuesday, Facebook launched a new app called Admission Splash that will make the application process much easier. It will show prospective college students how likely it is for them to get into any school. The app asks basic information from the student including test scores, address and whether they volunteer or play sports. The app will then give the student a rating ranging from “very poor” to “very good” of getting into the school.

According to CNN, Admission Splash currently runs customized equations for about 1,500 schools that it developed using the admission data released by the schools. However, do not be discouraged if you get a low rating for a particular school. “Although high school grade point average and standardized test scores are important indicators of academic achievement used in UCLA’s admissions review, they only tell part of the story” UCLA’s prospective student Web site states.

Admission Splash does not take essays into account, which is a pretty big part of the application process. So before you jump to conclusions from your results, you should still apply and wait for your real acceptance letter.

If you are applying right now, also consider the new widget on Facebook called College Planner. This lets prospective college students research schools and then apply to them without actually leaving their Facebook profiles. According to Cnet, you can also see which people on your friend list are interested in the same schools.

Whichever way you decide to take the application process, remember it is how you stand out on your own that matters, not how you apply.

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