Colleges seek students that have a greater chance of completing the program in a timely manner. This means they want students that persist from semester to semester. So, GPA is important as well as the academic rigor of the courses taken. Colleges like students who take AP or dual credit courses. Having a career in mind is also important to success. Students that know what major they want are going to selected ahead if those who are undecided. Participating in internships or volunteerism related to your career of choice is valued. Extracurricular activities especially those involving competition can demonstrate a student’s ability to set, meet, and exceed goals.
Colleges will request scores for any SAT, ACT, and any AP tests taken. Make sure that you are completing important tests early. The SAT and ACT may be taken more than once, so if you take it early, you have the opportunity to redo it if you don’t like your score.
Colleges may request an essay and a recommendation. Take your time crafting a well-written personal essay. You can usually use one essay for many college submissions. Proofread and edit with a teacher, guidance counselor, or other trusted person before submitting. When asking for a recommendation, provide a copy of your resume along with the reason for the request. Remind the person completing the recommendation of any skills, abilities, or accomplishments you want to highlight. This will make sure that they are included in the letter.
In terms of the application, make sure that you are following directions. Incomplete or incorrect applications are discarded without consideration. Always have someone like a guidance counselor review your application prior to submission.
I hope this helps! Good luck!
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