The Top 10 College Admission Factors

Although deadlines may vary from college to college, it is recommended that high school students apply to college in the fall semester of their senior year. Seniors should begin the application process prior to the fall semester by selecting their top choices based on academics, personal preferences, and affordability. After narrowing your choices, it is important to take note of admission requirements for each institution you wish to apply.

Below are the top 10 factors colleges consider when admitting new students:

  • College prep course grades
  • Strength of courses
  • SAT/ACT test scores
  • All grades
  • Written essays
  • Demonstrated interest of student
  • Recommendation from counselor
  • Class rank
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Extracurriculars

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