The pre-activity video from Amherst College, “College Admissions: Inside the Decision Room” provides insight into the college admissions evaluation process. When applying to college, the quality of your self-presentation (i.e., grades, test scores, gifts and talents, leadership, community service, résumé, essays, and letters of recommendation) increases or decreases the likelihood of your acceptance into a particular college or university. The illustration on the following page is a copy of an acceptance letter from Amherst College, the country’s #2-ranked liberal arts college. Imagine that the pieces of the letter relate to each area of your self-presentation, resulting in your overall grade—how you compare to other students applying for admission. The second example is a letter to a student who was denied admission to Williams College, the country’s #1-ranked liberal arts college. Whether you are accepted into the colleges to which you apply or denied admission will, in part, be the result of how your self-presentation compares to that of other applicants. Subsequently, your honest self-assessment is an important first step in developing your plan.