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What Do College Admissions Committees Care About the Most?

February 28, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

What does that mean?

It means that admissions offices want to see whether you took the most challenging courses available at your high school. Did you take regular European History, honors European History, or AP European History? Did you take AP French or did you stop after you fulfilled the language requirements of your high school? Did you fill your course schedule with electives and advanced courses, or did you add a study hall period and leave school early?

If European History is simply not something that interests you, think about other ways that you can show admissions offices that you challenge yourself academically, while also fulfilling an inherent interest of yours. For example, take AP studio art, if art is your passion, or AP Biology and AP Chemistry, if you think you want to major in pre-med.

For more information, see my blog "Why do colleges look at the rigor of your high school transcript before anything else?"

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