What are Colleges Looking For?

What are Colleges Looking for?
Street sign that reads "College Ahead".
Title that reads "Class Schedule". A rigorous course schedule throughout high school is important.
A+ letter grade written in red ink. Good grades are key.
Letters "SAT" with a thought bubble that reads "Achieve More". SAT /ACT test scores are strongly encouraged.

But what else are colleges looking for in students?

Genuine Interest in the University /College:  
  • Campus visit and tour
  • Inquire about majors, programs and coursework
  • Explore extracurricular opportunities (e.g., Sports, Clubs, Greek Life)
Sign that reads "Demonstrated Interest - What is it, and how do you use it?"

Student Involvement in High School:
  • Community service
  • Extracurricular activities (e.g., Clubs and Sports)
  • Work experience

The "Extra Something"  
  • With al lthe qualifies applications coming in, colleges are frequently looking for the elusive "extra something" that can set a student apart from the crowd.
  • This can be any number of things;
    • job experience
    • involvement with a certain group
    • extra enthusiasm
    • thought put into student essay
    • financial hardship
    • English as a second language
    • Serious health problems

Sign the reads "Something Extra". 

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