Top 10 Factors Universities Look for in Applicants

Students can feel overwhelmed by all of the tasks they have to complete when applying for college. That’s why it’s important to start preparing early! One of the best things high school students can do is understand what factors universities and colleges actually care about in an application, so they can get themselves on the right path sooner rather than later. What’s also nice is that these factors apply to most schools and most students – from Ivy League schools to state schools, for international students and in-state students. Let’s check them out.

10. Demonstrated Enthusiasm

This is one of the smallest factors in a college application, but it does matter. Common ways to demonstrate enthusiasm for a particular school are campus visits or interviews. If a student is unable to travel to the school, there are often meetups with admission representatives in major cities across the world. Students should schedule a meeting or a visit their junior...

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3 Tips to Writing an Unforgettable College Application Essay

The Common Application is live! The Common Application is an undergraduate admissions application for 800+ universities in the United States, available in both English and Spanish. To learn more about the colleges that accept the Common Application, check out their website here! Transcend Academy wants to help you kick off writing an unforgettable college essay for the Common App. Here are 3 tips to get you started:

1. Review everything you have done in high school

The college application essay is a chance to share what makes you YOU. Admissions committees want to know what motivates you and what makes you wake up each morning and sing the "Happy" song. If you don't know right away (and most don't), then begin to write down all the things you have done in high school. After that, ask your parents and relatives to remind you of more to add to the list. Be sure to include all academic classes, school activities, outside school events, jobs,...

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