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Most important thing for college applications

i am a junior right now and i am wondering what is the most important action i need for college applications like extracurriculars, high GPA, sports, good college essay, etc.

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Kathleen’s Answer

Everything you include on your college application is relevant to your admissions. However, in order for your accomplishments to be reviewed, you need to have the GPA the school is requesting. It’s like when you were a kid and wanted to go on the ride at the amusement park. You needed to reach the appropriate height to buy a ticket. The same is true for the college application. Focus on getting the grades first. When your grades are finalized create the application that shows what you will contribute to the University. This can be demonstrated by your choice of major, sports, musical talents, life story and a good essay. All these things can be factors in your admission decision. Attend the open house the university has in your area. If the school comes to your HS, meet with the admissions person. Attend the presentation and introduce yourself to the admissions representative. Remember to follow up with a email reminding them of your conversation. Fill out the interest card to request more information. Interview with the admissions representative. It’s important to articulate why you want to go to the university. Good grades, a good application, and a true desire to go to the university is a winning combination. Good luck 🍀
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Fernando’s Answer

Usually it's just your SAT scores and GPA. If your looking to get into certain honor programs in college, then yes other extracurricular activities help to make you stand out. However if you're just looking to get into college focus on getting good scores on your SAT. Some colleges will ask for either an essay where you state your intent with regards to your field of study or an interview. For interviews so it helps to have someone to practice interviews with.
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Cristelle’s Answer

Hey Sebastian, all that you mentioned are also great but the most important thing is SAT/ACT , you have to make sure you have good scores. I don't know if you have that program in your school but I know a few HS have dual enrollment. While you are in HS you start taking college classes, it's a good way to put your feet out there . You have an idea of what you want to do as a major or if you don't know yet you can at least complete your 60 credits and be prepared for the next steps.
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Atul’s Answer

Having put 2 sons in a college who have done extremely well in the corp world and based on this experience I suggest following:
1) Take many AP courses and score high.
2) Take challenging courses In high school (level 4) and have high GPA above 3.5.
3) Write an essay that is meaningful and shows passion that you have put your heart in writing it. Recommendation from teachers travels distance. Do NOT plagiarize. There are software to detect it.
4) Volunteer - where and what you do makes a big difference. E.g. I know a kid who went to Haiti to help. He got admission at Yale. My son volunteered for Habitat for Humanity traveled to FL’s poor neighborhood to help. Going extra mile makes a difference.
5) Have you played a musical instrument like Violin or played a competitive sport and have done well?
6) Get a respectable SAT/ACT score.
Univ/colleges look for a all around person and not a geek.
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