That matters less than you think, in the name of diversity some schools want a wide range range of students. My kid had a 34 on his ACT and met other students with a 24 that received full scholarships.
I think Alabama has gone in a very positive direction.
We took a tour last week and 60% of their students are from out of state.
I did not realize that it was as good of a school as it is.
Over time they have put an emphasis on attracting very high achieving students from all over the country.
That’s been their plan for almost a decade, I know more than a few kids that went there because it was almost free. We didn’t visit but my son was offered a full academic scholarship plus I think five grand towards housing and other costs.
Having gone thru the college application process for both kids in the last 3-5 years I can confirm that UNC along with UVA are some of the hardest public schools to get into. We experienced that South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, and FSU were throwing a lot of money around to pull kids from Georgia. There was also the Academic Common Market that some of our friends kids used to attend out of state schools, but I think that has diminished some.
There is also a difference at what some states, and areas of the country look at.
My son got an Alabama offer due to his National Merit Status, but Alabama actually has very minimal National Merit presence because they don’t promote the PSAT.
And some states weigh dual credit more than AP or Project Lead the Way.