Factors In College Admissions to the Competitive Schools
High School Transcript - How have you done in your courses? Colleges would much rather see tough and challenging courses that are in line with your ability than a high grade point average comprised of easy courses.
Standardized Test Scores - Scores on the SAT or the ACT are used by admissions committees as one measure to compare students from different schools.
Application Essay - The essay is often the most overlooked aspect of the college admission process. Students are expected to spend a considerable amount of time in the preparation of the essay. It should be personal and honest, thoughtfully and carefully written, and discuss something of importance to you. Counselors are available to help with this.
Counselor Statement - The counselors will attempt to present a fair and accurate assessment, emphasize strengths and highlight important academic trends for each student.
Teacher Recommendations - Each college has its own specific requirements for teacher recommendations, but in most cases two are requested. In some instances, colleges are very specific; asking for recommendations from teachers in certain subject areas. Others may give you your choice or require none at all. Read the application forms carefully.
Resume of Activities - It is important to create a resume of all extracurricular activities you have engaged in since September of your freshmen year. All school related activities, community service, work, educational experiences outside of school and religious activities should be considered.