(Source: National Association for College Admission Counseling)
In the freshman class of 2015 75.5% of the students were accepted at their first-choice school.
53.2% of freshman students who enrolled in college in 2015 applies to 1-5 schools.28.7% applied to 60 schools.
The No. 1 factor—rated as considerably important by 79 percent of colleges was grades in college prep courses, followed by strength of curriculum and grades in all courses and admission test scores.
A second set of factors were most often considered to be moderately important. These factors tend to provide insight regarding personal qualities and student interests, as well as more detail on academic performance.They included: essays or writing samples teacher and counselor recommendations student’s demonstrated interest class rank extracurricular activities.
A final group of admission decision factors were given moderate or considerable importance by a small percentage of institutions, likely because they are relevant only to a small subset of colleges.These factors included: subject test scores (AP, IB) portfolios SAT II scores interviews state graduation exams scores work experience