What are the most important components of the application?

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What are the most important components of the application?

Lily Trayes
Founder and CEO Ivy League Placement

What are the most important components of the application?

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Janet Rapelye

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Richard Nesbitt
Director of Admissions Williams College

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Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

What are the most important components of the application?

Your curriculum, grades, test scores are the most important bases. Letter of recommendation, essays, and special talents are what will set you apart at highly selective schools.

Lora Lewis
Educational Consultant Lora Lewis Consulting

What are the most important components of the application?

All the components of your application should work together to create a strong, complete picture of who you are as a person and a student. In this sense, every part counts! Envision your application as puzzle pieces that you're fitting together to form a rich and unique presentation of yourself and your accomplishments. Grades continue to be the most important factor colleges consider in admissions decisions, so be sure you take the most rigorous courses available to you. Depending on the school you applying to, test scores can also be a key element. Since the essay and supplement essays offer the most wide-open opportunity to show who you are, they are very valuable pieces of your application and deserve your absolute best effort and attention. Remember that the application is usually the only part of the admissions process over which you have complete control. Once it's gone off to the colleges, what happens next is out of your hands. Be sure your application is an honest and thoughtful reflection of who you are and who you'd like to be, the let the rest of the process take care of itself.

Zahir Robb
College Counselor The Right Fit College

What are the most important components of the application?

Grades, tests score and strength of schedule still dominate admissions decisions at most campuses. Essays, Letters of Rec and Extracurriculars will help, but they typically won't make or break your application unless you are a borderline candidate.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

What are the most important components of the application?

The essay, GPA, test scores, precise answers, and perfect grammar.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

What are the most important components of the application?

There is no single most important component, but some factors are more important than others. First and foremost is your academic record, your performance in the context of the challenges you have pursued. Did you challenge yourself academically and did you respond well to that challenge? Too, they want to know what matters to you. To what things have you made a commitment. Your teacher recommendations will also be important. Standardized test scores can be important but that varies from school to school. The central goal of your application must always be to provide as complete a picture as possible of who you are and what you can contribute to the school community, for that community is what the admissions office is trying to create and often their decisions are less about the individual than about how they fill an institutional need, so let them kow what you can offer.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

What are the most important components of the application?

All parts of the application are important. I would say your high school transcript is #1. The committee will be looking at not just your grades, but whether your took a challenging course load and how you performed. There is a lot of discussion out there about the value of test scores, each school has their own theory on that subject. Next most valuable aspect of the application would be the essay, demonstrated interest and recommendations. The schools only ask for information they are going to factor in to their decision making process.

Patricia Krahnke
President/Partner Global College Search Associates, LLC

What are the most important components of the application?

Short Answer: The most important parts of the application are the parts that the college(s) to which you are applying stress in their application information. Detailed Answer: One of the important jobs of the application process is to make it clear that you can – or cannot – follow directions. So follow their directions. NOTE: Some colleges do a rotten job of explaining their application requirements on their web site, and their admissions counselors may assume you are dumb if you ask to have the instructions clarified. Pay no attention to their attitude: If you are confused by the instructions, it means their information is indeed confusing, so don’t be shy. Your life and dreams are important, which means they are important enough to get right, so go ahead and call the college to ask for clarification. Aside from that, these are the important parts of the application: 1. All colleges want to see excellent grades in a strong academic program and good-to-excellent board (and/or TOEFL) scores. 2. Many colleges also want to see evidence of leadership in an applicant’s extracurricular activities. 3. However, if the college you are applying to places emphasis on the essay and/or letters of recommendation, you should pay very close attention to what they want to see in the essay and the letters of recommendation. 4. You may also include a letter with your application that provides an honest and legitimate explanation for weaknesses or inconsistencies in your academic record; don’t include this information in your essay 5. Any clarifications of identity (names, similar social security numbers such as twins might have, etc.)