The following seven elements go into most colleges’ decisions to admit or not admit a student. The more selective or competitive the college or university, the more important the personal qualities and characteristics become. For the top schools, ostensibly, everyone has good grades; the personal and/or subjective factors take on increasing importance.
1. Grade point average for six or seven semesters (three+ years).
2. The quality and level of challenge of the courses taken.
3. Relative rank standing in senior class (six semesters).
4. Scores on SAT I, ACT, & if required, SAT II (Subject Matter tests).
5. The quality of your high school (Tennessee Christian Preparatory School’s reputation works for you!).
6. Recommendations of college Guidance Counselor, teachers, and others.
7. Extra-curricular, personal achievements, jobs, athletics, etc.