What do colleges want from you?
College Application Considerations: Which Factors Most Affect the Admissions Decisions?
SAT and ACT Testing
Although up to 75% of colleges in the 2020-2021 school year have declared themselves test optional, the most competitive colleges do indeed consider the scores of the students who submit them. High SAT and ACT scores can only help your application. If your scores are not stellar, there are techniques to help you quickly improve your scores. There are many free tutorials online (start at the College Board website) or invest in a private tutor who guarantees increases in your SAT and ACT scores. Check out Bailey Test Prep.
You might not feel like you've taken advantage of leadership opportunities. Maybe you're introverted or shy. Maybe you don't feel like the popular kid that everyone wants as Homecoming King or Queen. Maybe you just don't like your classmates that much (hey, it happens!). Don't despair. There are still many ways you can demonstrate leadership potential on your college applications. See the slides below for some ideas from the Scholar Prep website that you can start implementing today!
Run for an officer position (the obvious choice): This could include student government or any other club or organization that you are a part of.
Plan an event: Events take a lot of planning, coordination and leadership. Look for opportunities to become a team leader or organizer for an event.
Lead a project: Do you have an idea for a project, but no one wants to take on the planning? Do it yourself! Creating a new project or initiative and bringing it to fruition really stands out on applications. Whether it’s implementing a new recycling program at your school, organizing a food donation collection, or starting your town’s first stream team, taking this kind of initiative will set you apart.