Grades and Test Scores

Grades and test scores are really important without a doubt. Those scores are the numbers that get your student through the 1st filter of screening in the college acceptance process of admission decision.When you think about all of the students that are competing for your student’s slot at their desired college, you can just imagine that the admissions department has the computer program to place those applications where the student’s grades are not acceptable, into the trash bin without human intervention or analysis

When you think about all of the students that are competing for your student’s slot at their desired college, you can just imagine that the admissions department has the computer program to place those applications where the student’s grades are not acceptable, into the trash bin without human intervention or analysis

Admission Decision

Admissions building on a college or university campus.

Subjective Selection During Admission Decision

Once that initial screening takes place, what’s next? It would now move to subjective or selective human judgment by the admissions department at the school. This involves the evaluation of several items that are the do or die for your student’s acceptance. The things that set them apart from the crowd include the following:

  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Recommendation letters
  • Leadership positions in various organizations
  • Community service rendered
  • Essay
  • Application

Put yourself in the admissions officer’s shoes. What would you look for in accepting a new student at your school? I would want to see a well-rounded student, one that has shown an ability to manage their time such that they were successful in their grades while juggling a full schedule. So I would have your student approach their applications and especially their essay by stating what they would be bringing to the campus where they want to attend. Have them make something jump out and grab the admissions officer’s attention where he or she will be unable to forget your student. A boring, nondescript and dull essay could force your son or daughter’s application into file 13, sending them to their 2nd, 3rd or 4th choice of schools to attend. Make sure the admissions office gets a picture of how unique as well as how valuable your student will be now as well as in the future.

Finally, it really comes down to money! You are dealing with big business here and so to get the attention of a big business and get them to consider your offering, you need to package your offer in a way that they will see the benefits to their bottom line!

It really is worth the effort to figure out early in your student’s high school career what they should do to make them stand out in the crowd. The other piece of advice, do not wait until the start of their junior year in high school to try and figure it out!

Good luck, but don’t make it a matter of luck. Make it a conscious effort to prepare and package your student for successful admission to the college of their choice. By the way, they are competing with over 2,000,000 other high school students who want to attend college after high school!

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