What do Colleges Want to See?
The rigor of your schedule and your grades are the most important factors during the review. Colleges take into account what was available to you, how much you challenged yourself by taking challenging courses like AP, honors and IB coursework, and your performance in your curriculum. Colleges want to see the best grades in the hardest classes you can manage. For the other factors please see http://annapoliscollegeconsulting.com/5-important-elements-colleges-look-for/.
Is an A Grade in a regular class better than a B in an Honors/AP/IB class?
Colleges want confirmation that you’ve challenged yourself. They don’t reward unmotivated or lazy students. Take the harder class and do your best, even if your best is a B. But make use of the resources around you. Stay after school for extra help, find a tutor, use free online study guides, form study groups, talk with your college counseling office – whatever you can do to go for the A! See http://annapoliscollegeconsulting.com/how-many-aps-to-take-next-year/ .
Do Colleges want Well-Rounded Students?
Most colleges (especially highly selective ones) are not looking for well-rounded students anymore, they’re looking for well-angled ones. Colleges are looking for a well-rounded class, full of unique, especially talented people. Show admissions counselors what you enjoy, have tried, and the impact you have made. Prove that you have depth and consistency in your activities. Don’t join a new group senior year just to pad your resume and “look good” for college. http://annapoliscollegeconsulting.com/summer-activities-that-give-you-an-edge/ and http://annapoliscollegeconsulting.com/summer-activities-that-give-you-an-edge-2/
Which Standardized Test do Colleges Prefer, the SAT or the ACT?
Colleges don’t care whether you take the SAT or the ACT. Even Ivy League schools don’t have a preference. As of 2012, the ACT was more popular than the SAT for the first time in history. I will help you find the standardized test that suits you best, then take practice tests and study for it. Don’t waste precious time wavering between the SAT and ACT tests. If you take a standardized test multiple times over multiple sittings, be aware that many schools will super-score the SAT, fewer super-score the ACT. See http://annapoliscollegeconsulting.com/preparation-for-standardized-tests/ and http://annapoliscollegeconsulting.com/overcoming-test-anxiety/.
How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
During our educational consulting sessions we will build a solid college list. Research and visit as many campuses as you can. Every school on your list should be one that you want to attend: fitting your academic, financial, professional and social needs. Most of my students apply to an average of six to eight schools. Your list should include a range of selectivity: 2 – 3 solid schools to which you will most likely be offered admission, 2 – 3 schools that are target schools, and 2 – 3 schools that are a reach for you. Do yourself and your family a favor; don’t get hung up on prestige or a name. Focus on fit and finding the place that will allow for college success. See http://annapoliscollegeconsulting.com/finding-a-college-that-you-love/.
Will colleges check my social media accounts?
More and more colleges are looking for you online and checking Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Clean up your social media accounts – especially pictures! No profanity, evidence of drugs or alcohol, cyber-bullying, or unsavory links. Make sure that there isn’t anything on your social networks that is embarrassing. Check all of your accounts! See http://annapoliscollegeconsulting.com/colleges-watch-your-social-media/ .