Grades and test scores aside, can a learning difference affect a student’s chance of acceptance?

As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the the experts. Here are their answers.

Reecy Aresty, College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author, Payless For College, Inc.

It can be a positive or negative result, and it better be revealed completely on the application – or else!


Bill Pruden, Head of Upper School, College Counselor, Ravenscroft School

It shouldn’t, but in reality it is hard to know, and concerns about that fact have led to a division of opinion on whether or not students should admit on their application that they have a learning difference or disability. I have always believed that a student should disclose the information, that it is not something to hide, but is instead an important, but not defining, part of who they are and a recognition of the fact provides context for their overall record. However, there are those who fear that, the law notwithstanding, schools see it as a problem, one they do not want to deal with or are not staffed to deal with once the student gets on campus. Thus it may be a reason to deny a student admission. My experience has been to the contrary and I do think that it is in the applicant’s best interest to provide the admissions office with a full picture of who they are that includes full knowledge of the situation.


Nancy Milne, Owner, Milne Collegiate Consulting

It shouldn’t. The issue is usually one of whether the transcript indicates there is a good match with the academic press. The rigor of your high school’s curriculum and your transcript are a very good predictor of academic success in college. Beyond that, a school can’t discriminate against you because you use a tutor, require the use of adaptive technology, or need any other accommodations.

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