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. Strength of curriculum
  • 3. Standardized admission test scores
  • 4. Grades in all courses
  • 5. Essay or writing sample
  • 6. Class rank
  • 7. Counselor recommendation
  • 8. Student's demonstrated interest
  • 9. Teacher recommendation
  • 10. Interview
  • 11. Extracurricular activities
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Source: National Association for College Admission Counseling.

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