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What are the most important factors colleges consider when reviewing applications?

Hey guys! I'm a junior and I'm trying to get a better understanding of what colleges are looking for in applicants. What are the most important factors that colleges consider when reviewing applications? Thanks for any insight you can provide!

10 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're thinking about college applications early. From my experience with my own child's application process, here are some important factors that colleges generally consider when reviewing applications:

1. High school GPA and rigor of courses: Your academic performance in high school is a big indicator of how well you'll do in college. Colleges like to see a strong GPA and that you've challenged yourself with advanced courses like honors, AP, or IB classes.

2. Standardized test scores: Although some colleges are moving towards being test-optional, many still require SAT or ACT scores. Good scores can help strengthen your application.

3. Extracurricular activities: Colleges want to see that you're involved in activities outside of school, whether it's sports, clubs, volunteering, or working a part-time job.

4. Essays and personal statements: This is your chance to showcase your personality, interests, and experiences that make you unique.

5. Letters of recommendation: Strong recommendations from teachers or counselors can help support your application.

6. Demonstrated interest: Visiting campuses, attending college fairs, and reaching out to admissions officers can show your enthusiasm for the school.

Remember, every college has its own priorities, but these factors are generally important across the board. Good luck with your application process!

10 months ago

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