Curtis Is a No-Go

The latest news in the seemingly never-ending saga of my son’s college admissions process: He was not asked to come to Philadelphia to interview at Curtis Institute of Music.

Curtis is one of the most prestigious, smallest, and most selective music schools in the country, with only 175 students and a 3 to 4 percent acceptance rate — one of the smallest ratios among colleges of any kind. So we always knew it was a long shot.

I didn’t see the email, but I think my son said there were 86 applicants into the Composition program, that six were asked to come in for interviews, and that only one or two will be offered admission.

I have mixed feelings. He would love to know he could win such a highly coveted, competitive acceptance. But I was afraid the school was too small, was too limited to music only, and might have a higher-pressure environment than he would like. But I’m glad he applied. Everyone should have one dream school on the list that is a stretch.

So now there are five.

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