Peter Costa: April is cruelest month for college admissions

Peter Costa

This is the week when most colleges send out their acceptance letters and applicants’ hearts either sink or soar. This is a time when you really can be too rich or too thin. "Thick you win" is the mantra because the thick envelopes contain financial information and other critical documents for the accepted applicant.

Those of us who were crest-fallen after being rejected realize that there is a weird randomness to being accepted by prestige schools. I like to imagine the following acceptance and rejection letters.