According to a recent survey from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), a high school student’s high school record of classes taken and grade point average is the most important factor in college admissions decisions.
The NACAC is an association of more than 13,000 secondary school counselors, independent counselors, college admission and financial aid officers, enrollment managers, and organizations that work with students as they make the transition from high school to post-secondary education.
The NACAC released data in their 11th annual edition “State of College Admissions,” and the report shows that a student’s grades and the academic rigor of his or her course load weigh more heavily in decisions to admit than standardized test scores, high school rank, or demonstrated interest in attending. Although each of those other factors is still important and definitely will help admissions officers in making their final decision, grades and rigor top the list.
According to Joyce E. Smith, NACAC’s chief executive officer, “The results show that getting good grades in challenging courses is what college admissions offices value most. This is valuable news for college-bound students and their families.”
College admissions are looking for these good grades in your Core Classes, which includes math, English or Language Arts, history or social sciences, science, and foreign language. Many colleges will calculate your GPA based on these Core Academic Classes.
Another important factor colleges look at is any Advanced Placement classes, Honors classes, and International Baccalaureate classes that you have taken during your high school career.
The main thing to remember is to challenge yourself with a wide variety of rigorous classes throughout your high school career.
In addition, earning good grades in high school can also lead to more opportunities for scholarships which will help pay for the increasing cost associated with attending a four-year college or university.
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