Understanding requirements for college admission
Much debate has ensued over college admission requirements, fueled by parental fear
stemming from the vagueness surrounding the subject and unattended cries of injustice
against the apparently mystical discretion of admission boards.
However, meeting this problem with unnecessary worry can hamper judgment and cause
one to bring forth insufficiency amount of requisite action. The mantra here is
to research well, prepare hard, and most importantly ‘begin early’ so one has enough
time to perform the former two with ease.
While academics have traditionally remained the foremost criteria for college admission,
rising competition and colleges’ understanding of ideal students have brought other
factors into considerable play, and their importance must not be underestimated.
As per understanding of experts observing admission trends for years, following
are the major considerations that one needs to keep in mind:
Academic Ability and Aptitude
Colleges need to ensure that the candidates they select are capable of taking on
the increased load of academics that their curricula present. For this, they need
to check on students' past educational performance and also at times, their scores
in certain aptitude tests that test their ability for the course. This criteria
still remains ahead of the rest in the selection process, and rightly so. Parents
need to ensure that their kids remain on track with studies and have to find ways
of generating excitement and interest in them toward education. The earlier the
foundation for this has been laid, the easier would be the journey ahead for both.
Reputation of High School
Schools have a responsibility of presenting students with the right kind of education
and opportunities that would ensure their overall development and colleges find
it important to check up on how well their applicant's school performs that task.
Reputation of the school can matter for some schools are better known to produce
more holistically developed pass-outs than others. These pass-outs would obviously
retain favor. Needless to say, parents need to pay special attention while selecting
their child's school. Even if the school is not yet of particular repute yet, parents
must ensure that it should at least be able to provide all the important courses
and that their wards attend those.
Involvement with Extracurriculars
Sports, debates, arts, various clubs, etc build character - qualities such as integrity,
leadership, respect and teamwork. A student who bring along these qualities to college
and later on to work, would be an asset to both, the educational institute as well
as office, and colleges are eager to attract such students. This is why they check
up on students’ extracurricular involvement to ensure that they have gone through
the process of developing these qualities and demonstrated them. Colleges would
like their students to take advantage of such opportunities provided by them, and
excel at the same, taking the name of the college forward. Since a young age, children
should be encouraged to chase opportunities at their disposal and excel at more
than just academics.
Unselfish value addition to society has since always been considered a noble characteristic.
Accordingly, colleges give special consideration to students who have gone out of
their way by committing time and effort, to help others, and have gained formal
recognition for the same through organizations.
Factors such as minority status, relation to alumnus, recommendation, essays/statements,
etc may be considered as well, depending on the college in question. A thorough
research of the college admission process must be conducted to find out about the
To a college, an ideal candidate is one who has achieved holistic development, evident
through his/her performance or education undertaken – those who have demonstrated
their ability to add value in the future to the college, and to society in general.
They essentially search among applicants for great alumni.