I recently had lunch with one of my favorite college advisors. The importance of her job inspired me to share a few points about the top qualities that colleges look for in their applicants:
 
  1. Grades that represent strong effort and an upward trend. However, slightly lower grades in a rigorous program are preferred to all Grades that represent strong effort and an upward trend. However, slightly lower grades in a rigorous program are preferred to all As in less challenging coursework.
  2. Solid scores on the SAT and ACT that are consistent with the student’s high school performance.
  3. Passionate involvement in a few activities, demonstrating leadership and initiative. Depth, not breadth, of experience is most important.
  4. Letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselor that give evidence of integrity, special skills, positive character traits as well as an interest in learning.
  5. A well-written essay that provides insight into the student’s unique personality, values and goals. The application essay should be thoughtful and highly personal. It should demonstrate careful and well-constructed writing.
  6. Special talents or experiences that will contribute to an interesting and well-rounded student body.
  7. Demonstrated intellectual curiosity through reading, school, leisure pursuits and more.
  8. Demonstrated enthusiasm to attend, often exhibited by campus visits and an interview.
  9. 10. Demonstrated leadership in activities. Colleges want people who will arrive prepared and willing to take leadership of student activities and events.
  10. A rigorous high school curriculum that challenges the student and may include AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) classes.
     
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