What Factors Are Important for College Admissions?

As a private college counselor, I know that a student’s GPA and SAT or ACT test scores are important for college admissions. What other factors do colleges and universities want to see in their applicants, especially when many of them have similar grades and test scores?

This is an interesting infographic on what is important for college admissions. How do colleges weigh up the different factors they consider when evaluating college applicants? Larger public universities usually consider grades and test scores as the most significant factors and sometimes they do not evaluate students much beyond these two criteria.

Smaller colleges and private universities often take a more holistic approach which includes going beyond the basic grades and test scores and looking at extracurriculars, essays, and the student as a whole. What can this student bring to our school is a question that is often asked by college admission officers?


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