G.P.A. (Grade Point Average)
Colleges are most interested in your high school G.P.A. Your grades are the best indicator of your work ethic and your commitment to academics. Your G.P.A. in high school is also a sign of how well you will perform academically at the college level. Performing well in Honors and Advanced Placement classes can improve your G.P.A., because your grades in these level classes are weighted.
Strength of Class Schedule
Taking college preparatory classes, such as Honors and Advanced Placement classes is highly valued. Colleges are also impressed by students who consistently increase the strength of their class schedule from one year to the next.
Standardized Test Score (ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests)
Your ACT/SAT test score is important, especially to top-tier colleges. However, there are now over 800 colleges across the country that are “test-optional,” meaning the colleges do not factor your test score into their admission decision.
The college essay allows admission officers to get to know who you are, beyond your G.P.A. and test scores. This is your chance to show your personality, how you think, and what you truly care about. This is your chance to tell your story. The college essay for some colleges is optional. However, it is highly recommended if you are on the border of their admission requirements.
Extracurricular Activities at School
It is beneficial for you to get involved in activities at Brother Rice and in the community that are important to you. Remember quality over quantity. Colleges are looking for students who are highly dedicated to a couple extracurricular activities. Demonstrating leadership and initiative within your activities is appreciated.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation from your teachers, counselor, coaches, boss, and/or extracurricular activity moderator are an important element in the admission decision. Your recommender should be a person at Brother Rice or in the community that knows you the best. College applications will inform you if letters of recommendation are required, and if so, how many.
College admission officers like to know your level of interest in their college. You can show your interest by scheduling a campus visit, taking a tour of the college, participating in recruiting events for high school students, and by communicating with the college admission officer by phone or through email.