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Who We Are
HS Transcript / GPA
HS Transcripts- reveals all the academic work that you’ve completed from freshman year to senior year; answers the question, “Have you consistently challenged yourself academically?” Have you taken regular courses? Honors classes? AP classes? GPA is critical. Focus on your GPA and getting good grades!
Standardized Test Scores - The SAT / ACT are necessary evils in the eyes of most admissions counselors. It’s important for you to understand why those test scores are such a useful tool to so many admissions counselors.
College Essay -An exceptional college application essay shares something about yourself that your transcript might not reveal.
Extracurricular/Achievements – What you do outside of school should all be included on your application because all of those activities tell a clear story about your commitments, your interests – quite simply, it tells your story.
Recommendations– letters of support are needed from school councelors, teachers, principals, community leaders. Ask for these as early as possible.
Interviews - Admissions counselors allow students to interview because, again, it allows them to learn a little bit more about you.
A New Approach
Step 1: Collect a long list of schools. DO NOT disqualify yourself
Step 2: Try our college search at princetonreview.com/collegesearch.
Step 3: Know your academic credentials.
Step 4: Eliminate any schools that do not meet your basic needs.
College Admissions Tests
SAT vs. ACT
What do ACT and SAT Scores Really Measure?
How well you take the test.
SAT/ACT Optional Schools