How Admission Decisions Are Made: Academics Princeton NJ

In evaluating your application, your high school transcript is almost always the most important ingredient. (Keep in mind that there are exceptions to this rule, especially for students in areas like art, music, and drama.) Among the many pieces of paper they review, admission officers will probably receive a profile of your high school detailing the curriculum and the grading system — it may even list average grades for each class.

Princeton University
(609) 258-3000
PO Box 430
Princeton, NJ
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $34290
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Type of Institution : University
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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Rider University
(609) 896-5000
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $27140
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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College of New Jersey
(609) 771-1855
PO Box 7718
Ewing, NJ
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $8718
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $16825
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Public—State

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DeVry College of Technology
(732) 729-3532
630 US Highway One
North Brunswick, NJ
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Tuition Costs : $14480
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Type of Institution : Four-Year college
Institutional Designation : Private—Proprietary

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Raritan Valley Community College
(908) 526-1200
PO Box 3300
Somerville, NJ
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $2880
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $3180
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Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Public—County

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Westminster Choir College of Rider University
(609) 896-5000
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ

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Mercer County Community College
(609) 570-4800
1200 Old Trenton Road
Trenton, NJ
Tuition
Full-Time Area Tuition Costs : $2196
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $3096
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $4920
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Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Public—State and Local

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Thomas Edison State College
(609) 984-1100
101 West State Street
Trenton, NJ
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $4555
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $6520
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Public—State

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Somerset Christian College
(732) 356-1595
10 Liberty Square
Zarephath, NJ

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Bucks County Community College
(215) 968-8000
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA
Tuition
Full-Time Area Tuition Costs : $3584
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $6734
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $9884
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Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Public—County

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How Admission Decisions Are Made: Academics

How Admission Decisions Are Made: Academics

In evaluating your application, your high school transcript is almost always the most important ingredient. (Keep in mind that there are exceptions to this rule, especially for students in areas like art, music, and drama.) Among the many pieces of paper they review, admission officers will probably receive a profile of your high school detailing the curriculum and the grading system — it may even list average grades for each class. Don’t worry, though. This comes from your high school, not from you!

Admission officials are skilled at understanding the discrepancies among schools and the ways that grades are awarded, recorded, etc. They know, for example, that at some schools, only students who walk on water will earn A’s, while at others, anyone who hands in their homework is considered an honors student. They can read between the lines of transcripts and school profiles to ascertain your school’s strengths, such as what percentage of graduates go on to four year colleges and what advanced classes are offered.

Apples to apples
They also recognize that good students at challenging, competitive high schools (public or private) may have lower grades and class ranks than their counterparts at easier ones, and that some students may not be ranked — or even graded — at all. They have even learned to interpret the records of homeschooled students who submit detailed narratives in lieu of transcripts.

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