posted Jan 28, 2011, 7:17 PM by Glenda Durano   [ updated Mar 26, 2011, 4:36 PM ]


     It’s the most asked question by prospective college students and their families:  What does it take to get into a highly selective college? According to a recent IECA poll (Independent Education Consultants of America), the “Top Ten Strengths and Experiences that Colleges Look for in High School Students” are:

  1. A rigorous curriculum that challenges the student. (This could include AP, Honors, or Dual Credit classes.)
  2. Grades that represent strong effort and an upward trend. (Slightly lower grades in a rigorous program, however, are preferred to all A’s in less challenging coursework.)
  3. Solid scores on standardized tests.
  4. Passionate involvement in a few activities, demonstrating excellence and initiative. (Depth, not breadth, is most important.)
  5. Letters of recommendation that testify to integrity and an interest in learning.
  6. A well-written essay that provides insight into the student’s unique personality, values, and goals.
  7. Special talents or experiences.
  8. Demonstrated leadership.
  9. Demonstrated intellectual curiosity. (This is proven not only through grades, but also activities and competitions.)
  10. Demonstrated enthusiasm to attend. (Contact with the university.) 

     Many things go into the college selection process—all evidences of a student’s God-given abilities and gifts.  It is critical that, as soon a student begins his high school career (if not before), that he walks in his passions and develops his potential. It is an ongoing practice. This needs to be done not only to further his educational path, but more so, to develop a deeper, more intimate relationship with the One who gave him his purpose.  Be driven by your passions and let your light shine.