What can high school seniors do to enhance their chances of admission?

As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the the experts. Here are their answers.
Vanessa Roth, Founder & Director, Scholar’s Station

Colleges keep track of students who have “demonstrated an interest” in their school and many use this as a “tipping factor” in admissions. So even if you are going to have friends show you around when you visit, it’s a good idea to check in at the admissions office. Call ahead to see if you can make an appointment to meet with an admissions officer. Ask admissions officers for their business cards so that you can contact them with questions as you are going through the process. Remember, they want to help you and make you fall in love with their school. They are as excited about the process as you are!


Amy Foley

There is no magic trick to gaining admission. To increase your chances, do your homework… both in the classroom and out. Turn in assignments on time, keep working hard, and stave off a killer case of senioritis. We consider the senior year to be one of the most important. Do the research when seeking colleges to which you’ll apply. Find their application deadlines, and meet them. Find their freshman profiles, and see if you align statistically. And visit, to show that your interest is sincere and to be sure that we’re all that you hoped we’d be.


Yolanda Spiva, Executive Director, Project GRAD Atlanta, Inc.

High school seniors can increase their chances of college admissions by demonstrating the diversity of their high school experiences within their applications. It is a misconception that colleges simply want to enroll straight ‘A’ students. Instead, colleges are actually interested in students who are themselves, interesting, and will contribute to the diversity and vivacity of the campus community. As a result, colleges actually seek students whom they believe will be active, involved, and successful on their campuses–academically, socially, civically, athletically, and politically. So while your transcript and SAT scores will certainly be considered, be sure to include other interesting things about you that will create a more holistic picture of why you’d be a fit for the institution.


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