What is a college admissions hook?

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What is a college admissions hook?

Pam Proctor
Author The College Hook

What is a college admissions hook?

Here is my video response to the question.

Pam Proctor
Author The College Hook

What is a college admissions hook?

Here is my video response to the question.

Pam Proctor
Author The College Hook

What is a college admissions hook?

Here is my video response to the question.

็Ž‹ๆ–‡ๅ› June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

have a game plan

make sure you leave postive impression to admissions rep during college fair and school visits. without counselor's introduction, you can still communicate with the colleges directly. there was a story about a applicant sending funny postcards to the admissions office everyweek and finally got accepted, he late became one of the David Letterman's successful writer. it was a true story. that's a college admissions hook.

Suzan Reznick
Independent Educational Consultant The College Connection

A reason for a college to want YOU!

All schools expect to put together a bright freshman class and to do that they review your grades, classes and test scores. But, because there are so many bright students applying each year, they do a finer review of each application looking for those with a "hook". A Hook could be defined as having a special talent. That talent could certainly be athletic- i.e. a state ranked athlete. Or your talent might be in the arts, where you have an extensive theater, music or dance resume. There are many different types of hooks and colleges need to fill their sports teams, their orchestras, debate teams, newspapers etc. with the most talented students possible. Having a hook will not take the place of a poor academic profile, but for those students "on the bubble" it might certainly make the different as to their admissions decision.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

The Hook

When most people talk about having a "hook", I believe they are referring to their essay. It's the opening line that catches the reader's attention and makes them want to keep reading. Some people may think it refers to the "spike" in you profile that makes you stand out from the crowd. While you appear well-rounded, there is an area that you are REALLY passionate about, or that makes you really unique aside from the rest of your application. You can't force a "spike", you either have one or you don't.

Annie Reznik
Counselor/CEO College Guidance Coach

As in writing, a hook is an attention getter

In college admissions, a "hook" is something that makes a candidate stand out in a competitive review process. Students who possess a characteristic, experience or quality that is desired by the institution are said to have a "hook." Perhaps you are a tuba player destined to dot a famous "i." Or, maybe you are interested in pursuing a major that is traditionally under-subscribed. The "hook" question is one that reminds students that admission offices ultimately make decisions that fulfill the needs and mission of their institution.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

College Admissions Hook:

A "hook" is another aspect of your admissions file which could be an extra incentive to the admissions office to send you the acceptance letter. Depending on the requirements and priorities of the college, such qualities could include but are not limited to talents such as athletics or music to legacies to development admits to diversity.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

The Right Hook Can Land a Big Fish

In the world of college admissions a hook is the thing that sets an applicant apart. At a selective school that is sifting through a seemingly endless number of highly qualified applicants, a hook is the thing--a specific and special talent (a long snapper in football), a singular accomplishment (any patents on file?), a piece of your story (overcoming a critical illness) that separates someone from the pack and gives the admission office a reason to accept them instead of the 5, 6, or 7 others who could fill that space. Every high school has a student government president, every school has a valedictorian, but there are other, more distinctive things that can set an applicant apart. Not everyone has a distinctive hook. Great all around records still count for a lot, but to have a hook on top of that can be of great value.

Geoff Broome
Assistant Director of Admissions Widener University

hooks and lures

Hooks are things that stick out on an application i.e. athlete, legacy, music, band.