Our experts ranked these factors, and they're a good reference point, but it's important to remember that every school evaluates applications differently! For more in-depth college advice, check out the admission articles here.

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  • 1. Grades in college prep courses
  • 2. Grades in All Courses
  • 3. Strength of Curriculum
  • 4. Admission Test Scores (SAT, ACT)
  • 5. Essay or Writing Sample
  • 6. Counselor Recommendation
  • 7. Student's Demonstrated Interest
  • 8. Teacher Recommendation
  • 9. Class Rank
  • 10. Subject Test Scores (AP, IB)
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Source: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

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