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Understand Admission Factors & What Colleges Consider
The first part of planning for college is understanding the factors colleges consider when looking at a student profile.
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Primary Factors
  • Quality / Rigor of Academic Courses INCLUDING senior year
  • Academic Performance / Grades / Rank
  • Test Scores (ACT,SAT,SAT Subject Tests, AP, etc.)
Additional Factors
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Essay(s)
  • Letters of Recommendation(s)
  • Demonstrated Interest
  • What about foreign language?
Other Considerations
  • Positive recommendations from educators and mentors
  • Personal statement and essay(s) demonstrating writing ability and self-expression
  • A "demonstrated interest" that shows your enthusiasm for the colleges to which you're applying
  • Extracurricular activities, including participation in sports, performing/visual arts, voluteering, etc.
  • Community involvement, par-time work or internship
  • Interview (if applicable)
Last Updated: 11/18/15
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