Ten qualifications colleges look for
When you apply to college you must know
When you apply to college you must know you
are not the only one applying. There will be millions of other high
school seniors applying this year with you and hence there is going to
be immense competition. Therefore you need to make your application
stand out in order to compete with those millions of high school
seniors. And for that you should know what exactly the college you are
applying to is looking for. Here are some qualifications that nearly all
colleges look for in students.
October: It's that time of the year again when all high school seniors will be
looking at colleges, studying application forms while writing personal
essays and sitting for standardised tests such as SATs. Yes, it's time
to start working on your college applications. The deadlines are just
around the corner. .|
Pakistan usually look for a particular set of subjects such as sciences -
Physics, Chemistry and Biology or business group, which include
Economics, Accounts and Business Studies at A Level - but most
universities abroad like variety. They would appreciate a student who
has studied Maths, Physics and Economics along with English literature
or World Affairs. They believe students with a variety of subjects have a
broader vision and perspective, which is also true. So highlight all
the different courses you have taken in your application.
grades is a major turn off for colleges so never let that happen. If
you had weaker grades to begin with and improved them, don't hesitate in
applying because colleges appreciate students who improve their grades
over a course of time. Also, colleges look for consistency and
improvement in students and when they see that in a particular student,
they become confident that he/she will be able to manage the workload
and the stress brought along by college.
say one third of your admission decision for US colleges depends on
your SAT scores. Standardised tests such as SATs are pretty much as
important as your O and A Levels put together. So now that you know of
its importance, put more effort in there. It's not that difficult at the
end of the day and you can easily ace it with proper practice. Still if
you find it hard, don't hesitate in getting tutoring. You can also get
help from sample papers and practice tests.
the top-ranking colleges of the world look for leadership potential in
students. The college essay or the personal statement is a great way of
letting them know about your leadership potential. You can do this by
sharing your past experiences that reveal your leadership skills. If you
have ever been a monitor in your class, or a class representative, head
boy or head girl, mention that along with any leadership conferences
that you may have attended.
If not, try attending a leadership
summit or conference because not only will that be a great thing to add
in your essay but be a life-changing experience for you as well.
you think colleges are looking for bookworms and nerds who spend all
their time buried in books, let me tell you that it's not entirely true.
Agreed that grades are the main factor in your admission decision but
top-notch colleges like the IVY leagues and others will look beyond your
transcript and then make the decision. They are looking for bright
students who can manage studies along with a lot of other things.
service plays a great part in admission decisions today. Social work
and community service show that a student cares about a lot more than
just himself and is passionate about the betterment of society. So if
you have spent a summer teaching kids at the slum or collected funds for
the flood victims, this will suffice as good social work and you can if
you wish mention it in your personal statement.
are the days when high school students only had grades and
extracurricular activities like debates, sports and dramatics to their
credit. Today, they have a good employment history as well and a list of
internships they have done before they join college. Work experience
shows that students can handle authority and responsibility and meet
strict deadlines. It also shows how a student is dependable. Even though
senior year is not the perfect time to get work experience since
there's so much more to take care of during that time, if you don't have
any experience, try getting an internship during your winter vacations.
Ideally you should have done some work in the past summer already.
The college essay
college essay or the personal statement is your chance to tell the
admission office about what kind of a person you are, what you have done
in life till now, why do you want to study a specific subject at that
college and what do you hope to achieve from life. Don't waste this
precious space in talking about your grades even if they are great
because you will already be attaching your transcripts. Use the space
wisely talking about your aims, goals, desires and aspirations in life.
Get your college essay checked by a college counselor or your English
Letters of recommendation
The kind of
recommendation you get from a teacher will depend on that teacher but
what teacher you chose to ask for a recommendation depends on you. So
chose your teacher wisely. Make sure you ask that teacher who has a good
impression of you and can describe you perfectly. Meet with your
teacher and tell them about a particular achievement that you want
mentioned in your recommendation in order to make them unique.
A diverse student
than anything else, most colleges out there are looking for diverse
students who have a variety of experiences. By a diverse student, they
mean someone who has studied a variety of different subjects, perhaps
knows languages other than English and has participated in social work
and extracurricular activities, as stated above - basically, what they
call a well rounded student.
So make your application in a way
that it makes you look like the student that they have been looking for.
All the best with the most tiring and challenging procedure of your
life - applying to colleges! - By Hafsah Sarfraz (Dawn)
"in all pakistan unversities the process of admision go far away from there bright vision towards darkness which show no resemblance with international standard and its graph move down gradually with a passage of time which is sign of unsuccess and weak eduction system in pakistan.the following reasonable assumption point towards the present unversities level eduction in pakistan i.e unrespected of talent....i.e the whole admision process isnt on complete merit rather it depends on relation....friendship....cash...and the most hielighted and bright view is the participation of politicians in unversities level eduction which is the sign of destruction of education system and this one of the most importanti and main theme becouse of which the developmental graph of eduction system should goes on decreasing day by day towards there dark future. ?The another one reasonable assumption is to keep high and unexpected and unacheved merit which isnt good for bright students as well as for weak students...and which affect and damage the whole education system and make it hallow.so there is a lot of and so many reasons which affect our edu...system badly and deeply day by day...now the govt have need to take some positive action against the above reasonable points and prevent our edu system from upcomming strom...thanks(faiz ali shingri) "
Name: faiz ali
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