In October 2013, I was invited to the National Hellenic Society (NHS) Reunion Weekend as a representative of the Heritage Greece 2012 (HG2012) class. While I was sitting on the plane to Las Vegas unable to sleep, I had a thought – how can I make applying to college easier? I’m not quite sure what drove me to have this idea nor why my immediate consideration was to use math to try and solve it. Over the course of the flight I wrote an initial draft of what I called College Application Selection: A Student Perspectives Based Approach.
My plan was to create a model that would help a student choose which colleges to send applications, given that he or she has already done initial research on colleges, and has a specific budgetary constraint on the cost of applying. This model would take as input the list of colleges and the budgetary constraint, as well as factors in which each college would be rated and the ratings for each college. It would then act as a black box, and output for the student a list of schools that would maximize the total value of schools applied to.
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