What Colleges Want
Below are some strategies to help you get into the college of your dreams.
- Choose wisely. Research the schools you are interested in.
- Apply strategically. Apply to dream schools, second-choice schools, and safety schools. Apply to at least 2 schools, but not more than 10.
- Select recommenders who know you. Choose people who can write about you as a student and a person.
- Leadership is better than membership. Quality is better than quantity. Highlight activities where you have displayed leadership and initiative.
- Write an irresistible essay. Emphasize your strengths and write about something for which you are passionate.
- Aim for perfection. Presentation counts. Let others proofread your work.
According to the Independent Educational Consultants Association, these are “The Top Ten Things Colleges Want in Applicants”
- A challenging high school curriculum. (Include several Honors and Advanced Placement classes)
- Grades that represent strong effort and an upward trend. (Slightly lower grades in a rigorous program are preferred to all A’s in less challenging work)
- A well-written essay that provides insight into the student’s unique personality, values, and goals.
- The demonstration of leadership and initiative and passionate involvement in activities. (Once again, quality over quantity!)
- Solid scores on standardized tests (SAT/ACT).
- A well-rounded student, displaying special talents or experiences.
- Letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors that give evidence of integrity, special skills, and positive character traits.
- Demonstrated enthusiasm towards attending college. This is often exhibited in an interview
- Out-of-school experiences, including work and community service, that illustrate responsibility, dedication and development of areas of interest.
- Supplemental recommendations by adults who have had significant direct contact with the student. (Letters from coaches or supervisors are valuable. Recommendations from casual acquaintances
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