If you’ve just graduated high school and haven’t heard back from any of the colleges you wanted to go to, or you’re going to be a senior this fall, don’t fret. The college application process can be tedious. Time to take some notes…
Although each college has it’s own set of criteria on what they look for in a typical candidate, the evaluation process listed below may help you discover how to utilize the admission process to your benefit.
#1: High School Curriculum
What classes did you take and how well did you perform in them? Your high school performance is a strong indicator of how seriously you take education. If you don’t have a supporting GPA, you may want to try community college until you build up your GPA. You don’t need to be an A+ student, but colleges frown upon students with below average grades.
#2: Standard Test Performance
Another evaluation process is how well you performed on the ACT and SAT tests. Though these scores aren’t as significant as some of the other factors that go in to the college application process, they still play a role in your acceptance to a college.
#3: Your College Essay
Part of the written essay is to give colleges an insight into what type of student you are and why you want to attend that specific college, but that’s not the most important component. The real nitty-gritty of the essay is to represent yourself as a person. The administrator wants to know who you are, what makes you tick and why. Highlighting what your talents are and why you’re good at them, like them and want to pursue them is key in this section.
#4: School functions or activities
What clubs, sports or events did you participate in during your last year or two as a high school student? If you didn’t get involved in school functions or activities, perhaps you are actively involved with community functions instead. Though they are not imperative, having extra curricular activities on your application helps express that you’re willing to contribute as a student for your college and shows that you are a well rounded candidate.
#5: What can you contribute to the college?
If social activities wasn’t on your list, perhaps you come from a diverse culture or ethnic background. Whether it’s ethnically, culturally, economically or politically, on some scale one of those characteristics is beneficial to highlight on your application. Show the college what makes you unique and highlight your individuality.
#6: Letters of recommendation
Letters from friends, former bosses, guidance counselors and high school teachers can help show evidence of your character traits, special skills and work ethic. These letters are always a huge asset to rely on when submitting your application. For this section, you will want to get letters from a diverse group of people to show each side of you.
As a Dorm Room Movers author, if you have additional college evaluation tips please feel free to leave your suggestions.
Best of luck,