What do colleges actually look for from applications? The National Association for College Admission Counseling indicates the factors college emphasize most:
- Grades in College Prep Courses: GPA of English, Math, Science, Social Science, & World Language courses
- Grades in all Courses: GPA of all courses
- Strength of Curriculum: Difficulty of courses taken
- Admission Test Scores: Performance on SAT and/or ACT
- Essay or Writing Sample: Many colleges require applicants to write & submit an essay
- Counselor Recommendation: Some colleges require a school counselor to complete a formal evaluation
- Student's Demonstrated Interest: Quantifiable actions indicating an interest in the college. Examples include official campus visits, meeting with admission reps at your high school, completing info cards at college fairs, & engaging on social media
- Teacher Recommendation: Some colleges require one or more teachers to complete a formal evaluation
- Class Rank: GPA relative to total peers in a student's graduating class
- Extracurricular Activities: Non-academic school involvements including clubs, organizations, & athletics
Illinois 4-Year Public Universities
"12 Reasons to Stay in Illinois" - Information about each Illinois 4-year public university: Admissions standards, financial aid, location, enrollment, & contact information.
"State Universities in Illinois - At a Glance" - Information about each Illinois 4-year public university: High school course requirements, undergraduate major offerings, application deadlines, average high school GPA and ACT admission standards, & tuition costs.
Wisconsin Public Universities
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Introduction to the UW System - Snapshot of each Wisconsin 4-year public university.
Midwest Student Exchange Program
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Questions to Ask Colleges
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