What’s holding you back?
These college students were also worried about grades—find out how they got in.
I’ve never met anybody who’s judged me.
When I was a junior, I was expelled.
I was more into hanging out with my friends.
I wasn’t tired but I’d sleep in class.
Show colleges the real you
Hundreds of four-year colleges ranked at least one of the following factors as important or very important:
Extracurricular Activities and Work
Remember: Commitment and passion matter more than quantity.
Valued qualities include creativity, determination and curiosity.
Essays and Interviews
Your essays and interviews are great opportunities to showcase your personal qualities.
Get your counselor’s advice about who to ask – and ask as early as possible to get the most thoughtful recommendations.
Your Interest in Them
Contacting the admission office and making an extra effort on your application are two ways to show you’re truly interested.
Take a next step
Get started with these ideas.