Applying for college is a stressful process. Amongst choosing the right college for you, there are seemingly hundreds of other things needed in order to even be considered by the institution. Specifically, there are most likely a list of qualifications set by the college’s admissions committee, so be sure to check that out on their website. On top of making sure you’re even ready to go away for college, you now have to make sure you fit all of their criteria as well? Seems like bogus doesn’t it? Well it turns out it’s not as difficult as it seems.Although there are several things a college looks at while considering your application, a lot of those things mesh together, and you might even being doing some of them without realizing it.
First thing’s first, you have to put yourself into the mind of a college admissions board member. What are the most important criteria when it comes to choosing a student to represent your institution? Well, the student must want to learn and the best way to look at this is through their classes. Is the student challenging themselves with difficult classes? Try to take some Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes to show your hard work and dedication. In order to maintain your reputation as a student, you should try to maintain a B average. Remember that A’s go above and beyond, though and there could be a lot of competition.
Another thing that college admissions might take a look at is your ability to think quickly under pressure, along with your basic knowledge of certain subjects. This is usually tested through standardized test scores such as the SAT or the ACT. Another thing that these tests do is measure how well you will do as a college student. Most colleges do require these, but in order to find out how well you should score on them, it would be best to speak to someone who works at your college of interest.
Persistence and determination are extremely important when applying to college and that is why some colleges might take your high school attendance into consideration. Missing too many days of high school suggests you might like to skip out a lot on college courses as well. And that might affect your grades as a student there.
The academic side of you as a student is only half of the pressure. There are thousands of other students who are applying for the same position as you. Colleges look for well-rounded, independent individuals. In other words, they are wondering how you might be able to give back to the college community. Make sure to find things that you like in high school and showcase as much leadership skill as you can. Join a club, play some sports, raise money for charity, anything that helps to build your character.
Again, the college application process is definitely stressful. But as long as you utilize your opportunities to grow and flourish in high school, it will all work out in the end.