How Admission Decisions Are Made Chicopee MA

Once you submit your application to a college or university, what happens? The following articles aim to help you understand the process of how you go from hopeful high school senior to enrolled college freshman.
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The College Application: Behind Closed Doors Chicopee MA

You are a college applicant. It’s mid-winter. Your applications have been submitted and all you can do is wait. After months of mail, interviews, phone conversations, and campus visits, the chatter from the colleges has all but disappeared and the silence is deafening.

The Block System vs. Semesters Chicopee MA

With so many high schools operating on a block system (where students take fewer, longer classes each term), this is not big news anymore. Admission officials realize that they have to make decisions before they see final grades (or any grades in some cases) in some important senior subjects.

How Admissions Decisions Are Made: Your Questions and Answers Chicopee MA

Even an occasional C won’t rule out a career at highly selective college, but tip-top applicants often have all or mostly A’s in tip-top classes. (We’re not trying to ruin your day, we just want you to know what your son or daughter may be up against.) Yet, while the most competitive colleges prefer the most competitive courses, there is room for fluctuation, and a second-level class in one or two weaker areas may work better for your child.

How Admission Decisions Are Made: Making the Final Cut Chicopee MA

Oh…to be a fly on the wall when the admission committee is meeting. What do you think you might hear? Find out how the final cuts are made when it comes to college admissions right here in the article that follows.

How Admission Decisions Are Made: Extracurricular Activities and Leadership Chicopee MA

Colleges aren’t terribly picky about how you spend your down time, as long as you’re doing something meaningful. They won’t know if you spend hours upon hours playing video games; they will certainly notice a lack of notable activities on your college application.

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How Admission Decisions Are Made: Academics Chicopee MA

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.

How Admission Decisions Are Made: An Introduction Chicopee MA

Admission professionals are looking for the right students to ensure a great outcome for everyone involved, so they take this part of their jobs very seriously. They strive to be as fair and thorough as possible, but with all the factors involved in making a decision, it may seem sometimes that the results are unpredictable. However, that’s not the case.

How Admission Decisions Are Made: Essays, Recommendations, and Interviews Chicopee MA

A great essay can really make an admission official sit up and take notice, although personal preference may prevail. Some evaluators are all about content and are impressed by sophistication and insight, while others won’t get past your writing style and mechanics if there are errors. How do you know what you’ll be evaluated on?

How Admission Decisions Are Made: Extracurricular Activities and Leadership Chicopee MA

Colleges aren’t terribly picky about how you spend your down time, as long as you’re doing something meaningful. They won’t know if you spend hours upon hours playing video games; they will certainly notice a lack of notable activities on your college application.

How Admission Decisions Are Made: Hooks Chicopee MA

Having a hook can give you a higher rating from the get-go or even move your application from the deny pile into the admit (or waitlist) stack. They most often come into play when admission officers are judging equally qualified candidates. If a college has to select one of two students who look the same on paper and one is the child of an alumnus and the other is not, the alumni’s child is probably going to be the one decorating a dorm room in the fall.

How Admission Decisions Are Made: Making the Final Cut Chicopee MA

Oh…to be a fly on the wall when the admission committee is meeting. What do you think you might hear? Find out how the final cuts are made when it comes to college admissions right here in the article that follows.

How Admission Decisions Are Made: Test Results Chicopee MA

Test scores are strategically listed after your transcripts. While that may mean that they're less important than your grades, at schools which require them, they're still significant. Sometimes, they can make or break your application.

How Admissions Decisions Are Made: Your Questions and Answers Chicopee MA

Even an occasional C won’t rule out a career at highly selective college, but tip-top applicants often have all or mostly A’s in tip-top classes. (We’re not trying to ruin your day, we just want you to know what your son or daughter may be up against.) Yet, while the most competitive colleges prefer the most competitive courses, there is room for fluctuation, and a second-level class in one or two weaker areas may work better for your child.

How Colleges Look At Your GPA Scale Chicopee MA

This is one of the most confusing topics for students planning their college applications. Partly, it's an issue of translation. If every high school utilized the same grading system, we would have a lot less trouble comparing Grade Point Averages (GPAs) from different schools!

The Block System vs. Semesters Chicopee MA

With so many high schools operating on a block system (where students take fewer, longer classes each term), this is not big news anymore. Admission officials realize that they have to make decisions before they see final grades (or any grades in some cases) in some important senior subjects.

The College Application: Behind Closed Doors Chicopee MA

You are a college applicant. It’s mid-winter. Your applications have been submitted and all you can do is wait. After months of mail, interviews, phone conversations, and campus visits, the chatter from the colleges has all but disappeared and the silence is deafening.