(Most students get into their #1 choice.)
Admission Reality Check
Parents, who are worried about their children’s admission chances, should know upfront that the odds of getting accepted at most four-year colleges and universities are not grim despite media accounts.
According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), which is a major
source of admission figures, four-year colleges and universities recently accepted 64.7% of applicants.
Knowing What Admission Factors Matter
The three most important factors in college admissions are:
• Grades in college-prep courses
• Strength of curriculum
• SAT and ACT scores
• Overall high school GPA
• Student’s demonstrated interest
• Counselor and teacher recommendations
• Extracurricular activities
• Class rank
Here are the categories colleges use to determine who the most desirable students are. These not only determine admission but also merit awards and tuition discounts.
1. Rigor of secondary school record
2. Academic GPA
3. Standardized Tests
4. Class Rank
8. Level of Applicant’s Interest
9. Extracurricular Activities
10. Volunteer Work
11. Particular Talent/Ability
12. Character/Personal Qualities
13. First Generation to Attend College
14. State Residency
15. Geographic Residence
16. Relation with Alumnus
17. Religious Affiliation/Commitment
19. Work Experience
Each school assigns one of the following values to each factor:
• Very important
• Not considered
Use the COLLEGEdata Tool to see how your child stacks up to each college’s most desirable factors
To access the admission factors, here's what you should do when you get to the homepage of COLLEGEdata:
• Click the Search for Colleges link in the College Match box.
• Type name of school in the College Name search box.
• Click on the school’s name.
• Click on the school’s Admission link.
• Scroll down to the college’s Selection of Students box.
In the Selection of Students box, you will see the importance that a school puts on each of the nineteen admission factors.
Now you have an idea whether your child is a good match for this college and whether they can expect any non-need based financial aid.
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