What do colleges consider when reviewing your application?
- Course Rigor
- Grades—both weighted and un-weighted GPA (many have their own system of calculating your GPA)
- Class Rank (if your school ranks students)
- Extracurricular Activities and leadership roles
- Community/Volunteer /Service
- Interview (not required by all schools)
- Essay (not required by all schools)
Tips on Completing College Applications
- Know application deadlines
- Most colleges prefer that students apply online. Visit the college website orwww.cfnc.org (for NC schools).
- If you apply online, print a copy of your completed application. Print out the signature page and send it in, if required.
- If you handwrite an application, colleges can tell if your parent did it.
- If the application asks for a list of activities and only gives you a small space, list your most important activities or ones for which you had a leadership role. You can also submit a resume.
- Type essays in Word format first and then “cut and paste” them into the digital application. If you are unsure of your essay, ask a teacher of someone else to read it first.
- Submit anything else the college asks for.