College Entrance Criteria
After narrowing your list of colleges — and before you start your applications — review the different elements admissions counselors use to evaluate candidates.
In this section of the College Planning Tutorial, we’ll review the various criteria that college admissions counselors use to determine your acceptance fate. Please take note that every college has its own system, so you’ll not only need to know about each of these criteria but also how each of the schools you’re applying to use them in the selection process.
Hint: If you can’t find information about admissions criteria from the college materials or Website about admission criteria, contact one of the college’s admissions counselors and ask him/her for specifics.
Over the next several pages of the tutorial, we’ll cover these admission criteria:
- Standardized Exams
- Class Standing/Rank
- Course Type & Load
- Community Involvement/Extracurricular Activities
- Leadership Roles
- Personal Essays
- Recommendation Letters
- Family History
Need help with any of the terms described on this page? If so, find the answers in our High School College-Bound and College Planning Glossary.
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