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What Colleges Look for in an Applicant

We’ve already been telling you which colleges are the easiest to get into, so now let’s take a close look at what colleges actually look for in applicants.  Here are the main things most colleges will consider when you apply for enrollment:

what colleges look for

  1. Your test scores – most colleges take a good hard look at your standardized test scores such as the ACT and SAT tests.  If you are hoping for a scholarship your scores need to be on the high end.  If you are just hoping to get into the college then your scores need to be in the middle of the pack or higher.  If your scores are toward the bottom you’d better hope the admissions office likes other things on your application and those other factors carry enough weight to get you in.
  2. Your grades – much like your standardized test scores, college admissions decision makers will look at your grade point average as a good indicator of your future success at the college level.
  3. Your high school classes – the admissions office will look at which classes you took in high school.  A lot can be determined based off of your class schedule strength.  For example, were you taking easy classes or AP (advanced placement classes) and how well did you perform in those classes?  It definitely matters, and it matters a lot more today than it did 10 or 15 years ago.
  4. Community Involvement – are you a leader?  Did you do any volunteering?  Showing community service is a great way to show character and attitude and give you an edge on a college application.
  5. Extracurricular Activities – do you play sports, are you in any clubs?  Showing you are well rounded will also give you an edge with the decision makers at the admissions office.
  6. References – If you can get letters of recommendation from your teachers, councelors, principal, community leaders, or professionals in your field of study that can also go a long way in providing you with an edge.
  7. Your application itself – You should present yourself well, by making sure you answer everything asked and you have good grammar and good punctuation.  Showcase a good vocabulary.  If you have to come in for an interview dress nice, be well groomed, and always smile.  Those things can go a long way.

I hope these tips help.  Being educated on what colleges are looking for will give you an edge on getting accepted.