Yeah it’s so different from place to place. I agree the thing no one wants to admit but is often true is how wealthy you are and how likely you are to be a big donor. That’s definitely true of the more in-demand “elite” schools. If you’re looking at more “normal” schools they really just want to see you’re stable (financially, emotionally, etc), that you will be invested in the community and be the right amount of hands on or hands off depending on the type of school. Don’t sweat it too much, just be honest about what you want for your family and if they end up deciding it’s not a fit it’s probably the best for you too!
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