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The Most Important Factors in College Admissions

An Infographic to understand how the process of getting into college has evolved over time, students, and parents look to various research studies to derive meaning from the numbers.

Kavitha Vijeyavelan | 04 Feb 2013 | Updated on 29 Dec 2014 | 1.4K Views

According to a US national survey conducted by the NACAC, colleges give a lot of importance to an applicant’s grades in college prep courses and SAT scores.

When it comes to college admissions, what is it that could help you grab that letter of offer from your dream college? Various factors come into play after you hit the send button of that online application form. 

 As per the 2011 State of College Admission Report conducted by the NACAC or national Association for College Admission Counseling, the USA, colleges gave an 83.4% importance to the grades students achieved in their college prep courses. The strength of their previous school curriculum was considered second most important and thirdly, SAT or ACT scores. Students’ SOP’s or their essays seemed to hold only a significance rate of 26.6% and a teacher recommendation held a 19% consideration rate. takes us through some numbers. 1in 4 students now submit 7 or more college applications, with a 23% increase from the years 2009 to 2010. The year 2010 had experienced a 11% increase in university waiting lists post application. This could explain the reason why colleges seem to be facing an increase in its early application numbers recently. 
The education field becomes more and more competitive with every passing year. Here are a few stats you must simply know before you apply!   


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