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What College Admissions Officers Look For: How Do Colleges Read Applications? (page 2)

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Jul 20, 2010

5. Evaluative measures

  • Depth in academic area of student’s interest
  • Evidence of academic passion
  • Grasp of world events
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Artistic talent
  • Writing quality

6.  Extenuating circumstances

  • Overcoming adversity/unusual hardships
  • Language spoken at home
  • Frequent moves, attending many different schools

7. Other considerations

  • Demonstrated interest in college/good match
  • Strong personal statement

Admissions counselors and directors share with us how their colleges read applications:

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