Yale University Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Brenzel has written some advice to applicants about how to choose among their college acceptances - and how to feel about the rejections.  It's worth reading while you wait to hear back on your applications.  He writes:
After years of experience, however, here is what I know, virtually to the point of certainty: almost nothing depends on exactly which strong college admits you. Everything depends on what you decide to do once you get to a strong college, and how well prepared you are to take advantage of the infinite opportunities you will find there.

His counsel is that no school will make or break your future, so throw out your misconceptions about which school is "best" or perfect for you, and make an educated choice based on the places you did get in.

Read stories from our bloggers about getting rejected from their top choice school, and finding happiness somewhere else:

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(H/T Daniel Luzer at Washington Monthly)