What Colleges Look For in High School Students? 

This ranked list is based on a nationwide survey of IECA member independent educational consultants. Just as every college is different, so too are the criteria and priorities in each college’s admission process. In fact, one of the great advantages of working with an independent educational consultant is their personal knowledge of these differences, helping students to navigate the process. 

 1.  A rigorous high school curriculum that challenges the student and may include AP or IB classes.

2.  High-grade point average in major subjects. However, slightly lower grades in a rigorous program are preferred to all A’s in less challenging              coursework. 

3.  High scores on standardized tests (ACT, SAT).    

4.  These should be consistent with high school performance. Passionate involvement in a few activities that are meaningful, inside or outside of             school.   

5.  A well-written essay that emphasizes insight into the student’s unique personality. Leadership inside or outside of school.  

6.  Depth, rather than breadth, of leadership is valued.  

7. Demographic and personal characteristics that contribute to a diverse and interesting student body. 

8.  Strong counselor/teacher recommendations that provide personalized references. 

9. Unique talents that could contribute to college campus life.   Strong counselor/teacher recommendations that provide personalized references.  

10.Intellectual curiosity exhibited through reading, research, and extracurricular pursuits. 

11.Student’s character and values are seen as conducive to being a good community member. 

12.Demonstrated interest and enthusiasm in attending in following your college on social media and campus visit if possible due to covid-19                     restrictions. 

All students benefit from the opportunity to seek a well-matched college setting through one-on-one GUIDANCE with an experienced and professional independent educational consultant (IEC). 

Why not begin the process with a complimentary 30-minute phone consultation,   where we can discuss how we can guide you and your college-bound student through this college admission season seamlessly. Contact us today to learn more.