Get a feel for how much grades, tests and your resume really matter from those who review the applications. By Stacey Colino, Sept. 15, 2020 Keep in mind that different colleges place varying levels of importance on standardized tests. WHEN APPLYING TO college, many students think they know which strategies will help them attract the attention – in a good way – of admissions officers. But there's often a gap between perception and reality about what actually matters, and what matters most, when it comes to grades, test scores, extracurricular activities and other factors.
Test scores don't drive college admissions decisions; it's the more qualitative factors that help schools round out a class, experts say. By Lindsay Cates In March 2019, federal prosecutors uncovered a criminal conspiracy to influence admissions at eight universities, including the University of Southern California, Yale University, Georgetown University and Stanford University. Thirty-three parents had allegedly paid a college prep firm a combined $25 million to falsify their children's standardized test scores or bribe coaches to list them as recruited athletes. Since
As students return to high school this year, classes may look a little different. With the shift to socially-distant or online learning, one thing remains clear: Now is the time for high school seniors to begin solidifying their college plans for 2021. On August 1, the majority of colleges and universities across the country open their application window. Applications usually include essay prompts, supplemental questions, and more. This information is easily accessed through Common Application, a free portal that aggregates information from nearly 900 colleges and universities
How would your factors stack up using the rubic? When making admissions decisions, colleges and universities in the US don’t just look at grades and test scores. There are a myriad of factors that admissions officers consider when evaluating college applications, and it’s essential to understand what colleges are looking for to have the best chance of admission to your top-choice colleges. Colleges want to build well-rounded classes made up of specialists who can contribute to the campus community in ways other than high academic performance. Taking only the applicants
Class of 2021 College Application Season Preparation Class of 2021 Application Season Preparation In less than 11 months, the Class of 2021 students will be done with their college applications and will begin receiving their early action application results shortly after. Here are a few things to start focusing on to ensure you’ll be ready to start the applications! Project your GPA Schools will be asking about the student’s academic history through the summer after their junior year (for the most part). The colleges will ask what courses the students are taking
Coronavirus Pandemic Complicates College Plans For High School Student March 20, 2020 Jeremy Hobson A high school classroom in the Netherlands sits empty on March 16 after schools were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. College testing services SAT and ACT have canceled testing dates through May due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the closure of college campuses is disrupting the admission and planning process. COVID-19 is throwing a wrench in a lot of high school students' plans, says Lisa Micele, a college admissions counselor at the University of Illinois Laboratory
Tips for Making & Following a Study Schedule by Niclas Marie It's time to make a move from a paper calendar to a web-based schedule. When it comes to the academic success of students in both high school and college, learning to manage one's time is a must. Excellent time management can help students of all ages to improve how they study. For many students studying is a challenging endeavor that is plagued by procrastination, interruptions, and a general lack of free time. This can negatively affect grades and be a source of unnecessary stress and anxiety. Creating a
College Scholarship Applications Scholarship Selection Criteria What the Committee Looks For Scholarships are merit-based gifts designed to help defray the cost of a college education. Millions of dollars in scholarship monies are available from private companies, non-profit organizations, universities and other sources. Many of these scholarships are available only to students who fit a narrowly defined set of eligibility requirements. Regardless of what the scholarship’s specific set of eligibility requirements, selection committees are looking for well-rounded candidates who