What are the factors in admission decisions?
The factors that admission officers use to evaluate applications from first-time freshmen have remained largely consistent over the past 20 years. Students’ academic achievements—which include grades, strength of curriculum, and admission test scores—constitute the most important factors in the admission decision.
Admission Offices Identify Grades, High School Curriculum, and Test Scores as Top Factors for First-Time Freshmen: The top factors in the admission decision for the Fall 2016 admission cycle were:
- grades in college preparatory courses,
- overall high school GPA,
- admission test scores,
- and strength of curriculum.
Among the next most important factors were
- the essay,
- a student’s demonstrated interest,
- counselor and teacher recommendations,
- extracurricular activities,
- and class rank.