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    What do Colleges Look for Besides Grades?

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    What do Colleges Look for Besides Grades
    What Do Colleges Look For Besides Grades

    Update: This article was last updated on 22nd January 2024 to reflect the accuracy and up-to-date information on the page.

    Getting admission to their dream college is crucial for every student after high school. Although grades are a critical part of the admission process, it is essential to consider other factors that can help you prepare and increase your chances of being accepted.

    S.No. Table Of Contents
    1. Extracurricular Activities
    2. Test Scores
    3. Leadership Skills
    4. Well-Written Essay
    5. Recommendation Letters
    6. Final Words

    Here is a list of factors colleges and universities look for besides grades

    1. Extracurricular Activities:

    Extracurricular Activities

    Most prestigious colleges look for well-rounded candidates. Besides excellent academic records, extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, volunteering, and internships can greatly benefit college admission prospects. However, it’s important to give these activities your best effort rather than simply going through the motions.

    The extracurricular activities should reflect your leadership skills, ability to manage time effectively, commitment, and teamwork capabilities.

    2. Test scores

    Test Scores

    The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) scores are vital elements of the college admissions process. The college utilizes these test scores to determine the academic aptitude of teenagers. In addition, these tests help to evaluate the student’s capability to analyze data, solve issues, and so on. The college uses these test results to compare students from various regions and schools. 

    This score helps the admission officers in predicting the academic success of a student at a university. For example, an admission officer reviews two applications with the same grades and transcripts. The officer may choose a student with a high test score.

    Note: Post-pandemic, SAT and ACT scores are not mandatory in several colleges and universities. Please check the admission guidelines on the college/university website for more information.

    3. Leadership skills

    Leadership Skills

    Leadership roles allow children to develop valuable skills. So, you must have a clear record of leadership experience demonstrating your ability to take charge and make a positive impact. You could be the drum major’s secretary, the editor of the school newspaper, the anime club, and others. Those who take on leadership roles can learn the following skills:

    4. Well-written Essay

    Well Written Essays

    The admission officer committees read hundreds of essays and prefer genuine essays reflecting the students’ personalities, unique perspectives, and writing skills. Essays should also provide insight into your achievements, struggles, and future aspirations. 

    Thus, weave your experience and your personality in your essay so that the admission officer can easily see what motivates you and what challenges you overcame to succeed. 

    After reviewing the essay, the college invites the student for a face-to-face interview and allocates a seat. So, an essay is a challenging component of the admission procedure.

    5. Recommendation letters

    Recommendation Letters

    Some colleges and universities accept recommendations from faculty members, mentors, counselors, teachers, etc. It provides insights into academic ability, character, work ethic, knowledge, and professionalism and why the student would be a good fit for college. 

    In case you are unable to obtain a recommendation letter from a teacher or counselor, you can consider asking a coach or internship supervisor. Recommendation letters can be an important factor in the college admission process.

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    Final words 

    This article aims to help you understand the admissions process and the factors colleges consider when making admission decisions. To get into your dream college, you should focus on your education, writing skills, leadership abilities, and extracurricular activities.

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    Rahul
    Rahul
    10 months ago

    The harsh reality is that apart from grades and all other parameters, you are being judged upon your religion and your ethnicity as well….

    Jane
    Jane
    9 months ago

    Education system is messed up.. Although it has some fixed rules, biasness is one of the biggest challenges.

    Emily Smith
    Emily Smith
    9 months ago

    But apparently, the truth is, everybody judges on the basis of grades… No matter how good you are at co-curricular activities.

    Richa
    Richa
    9 months ago
    Reply to  Emily Smith

    Look, being a teacher, I’d say that maintaining grades is equally necessary, as it not only prepares you for all the theoretical and practical knowledge, but also maintains a sense of discipline and responsibility.

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