Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Top 10 Things Colleges Look for In Students

The Independent Educational Consultants Association, IECA, (of which I am a member) recently released the results of its survey aimed at identifying the key accomplishments and characteristics that colleges look for when deciding which students to admit and which to pass over. I was pleased to find the list in keeping with the advice I give my clients: Work hard (but don't fall prey to the all AP courses insanity), pursue a few activities passionately, be curious about life, form connections with teachers who can speak to your strengths and challenges in recommendations, write an honest, intriguing, kick-ass essay, and don't be afraid to let colleges know how much you'd like to be part of their community.