What do colleges look for? Is it true that students need dozens of activities? Is it better to get top marks in regular classes or average marks in honors/AP/IB courses? How important is the college essay? And what is “demonstrated interest” and why does it ever matter?!
There are answers to these sometimes perplexing questions. We have those answers and want to share them with you.
As professional educational consultants we keep our fingers on the pulse of college admissions through our research, college visits, and active membership in leading professional organizations such as Independent Educational Consultants Association. A recent IECA survey found that selective colleges rank the following as important admissions factors:
1. Rigorous high school curriculum
3. Solid scores on standardized tests
4. Passionate involvement in a few activities
5. Letters of Recommendation
6. A well-written essay
7. Special talents or experiences
8. Demonstrated leadership
9. Intellectual curiosity
10. Demonstrated enthusiasm
This is how colleges make their choices. How will you make your choice? We’re here to help. Contact us.
Click here to see IECA’s expanded information on each factor: