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Note: This is Blog 2 in a series of 3: First read: "What do college admissions committees care about the most?"
Colleges care about, first and foremost, your commitment and passion for learning. Your transcript tells them whether, and how much, you challenge yourself. They want to see that you'll push yourself.
Recently, I have been receiving a lot of questions about which courses high school students should take to have the greatest likelihood of getting into their top-choice colleges. This question has been asked by freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and incoming seniors.
College is expensive. That we know. We also know that college costs have grown remarkably in the past few decades, at both public and private colleges and universities. But do you know how much it has grown or how much it’s projected to grow in the future?
A common misconception is that colleges care most about applicants' SAT or ACT scores, grades, and class rank. It's not true.
Most selective colleges (57%) first look at the rigor of an applicant's high school transcript. They then look at the grades you received in your courses.
It’s important to understand the pros and cons of applying early to college so that you can make a well-informed decision. Unless specified, the pros are relevant for Early Decision and Early Action applicants, whereas the cons are relevant only for Early Decision applicants.
Spark provides customized guidance to help you get into your top-choice schools.