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Ive heard that colleges really only care about gpa and sat scores true is that?

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ive heard that colleges really only care about gpa and sat scores true is that?

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    • Paula (Cornell University - Biology)
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      That's very untrue! More and more colleges, and especially private colleges, utilize a process called "holistic review" when reading applications. This means that, rather than just considering someone's GPA and SAT score, the college wants to see that the applicant is involved in meaningful extracurriculars. They want to see that the applicant has strong leadership skills and makes a positive difference in their community through their actions.

      However, the above is slightly less true for colleges that receive extremely large volumes of applicants. Since these colleges receive more applications than they could ever be able to read, their admissions officers need to use GPA and SAT score as a way to screen out some applicants and make the process of reading applications more manageable. They utilize special software to sort through the applications and pull only those meeting a minimum GPA and SAT threshold. Applications not meeting this threshold may never be looked at by an admissions officer. This means that students with outstanding extracurriculars but lower GPA and SAT are less likely to be accepted to large (usually public) institutions of the same caliber as the private (usually smaller) institutions they are admitted to. For example, a student with a 3.3 GPA and strong upward trend in addition to powerful extracurriculars might be screened out of UC Berkeley but accepted to Stanford.

      But even using screening techniques, college admissions officers will look at many more outstanding applications than their college has the space to accept. Ivies receive enough applicants with perfect GPAs and near-perfect SAT scores to fill their entire class. But, of course, not everyone accepted to Ivies has a 4.0 or 2400 (I had neither). This is where extracurriculars come in. While it's true that GPA and SAT/ACT scores are important, they'll only get your foot in the door. And, with a strong upward trend, they are not the determining factor for admission.

      In the end, it all comes down to who you are as a person and how confident the admissions committee is that you'll succeed and make a positive difference in your school. Your GPA and SAT score make sure that your application is seen. Your extracurriculars and possibly your interview are what get you in.

      Date: 04-05-2017
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        Thanks Paula!

        Date: 08-05-2017
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