What Colleges Want
There are several things that take priority when it comes to defining what colleges want and look for when they pour through their annual deluge of admissions applications. Some of the information they look for is clear and straight-forward; other information is not so obvious.
Almost every high school student in the United States takes General Mathematics or Algebra I. Those courses do not prepare students for college-level work. In fact, research shows that students who enter college under-prepared in Mathematics will rarely earn a degree.
Therefore, the first set of criteria officials review is whether the applicant has taken challenging coursework in high school and what grades were achieved. Specifically, colleges look for these courses and the grades achieved:
- Mathematics (Algebra II, Statistics and Probability, Calculus),
- Science (Chemistry, Physics, Physiology, IT and/or AI), and
- AP or IB courses in almost any subject area.
The second category of performance colleges look through is behavioral. Admissions officials review (but are not limited to) attendance and punctuality records, disciplinary encounters both in high school and in society, and teacher evaluations and recommendations. Many also review the individual’s social media activity to catch a glimpse of a teen’s life our of school, even as partying across campuses is becoming more restrictive.
When it comes to extracurricular activities, college admissions officials look at broad and wide-ranging selections, but they look for special characteristics within the scope of activities undertaken by individual applicants. Recent surveys of admissions officials indicate there are characteristics they not only value but actively look for when students list and describe their involvement in extra-curricular activities.
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- provides you with the opportunity to develop the professional audacity you will need to secure a job in the growing GIG economy, where many workers have to piece together several short-term contracts on a regular basis to earn the equivalent of an annual salary,
- offers you the opportunity to get involved in a high quality extra-curricular activity that prepares you for any future you choose,
- unlike many other school-based programs offered to young adults, RIPP prepares you for both academic challenges you will face and for your life as a working adult,
- affords you the opportunity to build and demonstrate responsibility, integrity, and tenacity and to learn more about general behaviors that will help you be successful in the world of work, and
- allows you to accumulate evidence of accomplishment and letters of recommendation that prove to employers, colleges, or industry training programs that you have successfully completed a challenging program that increases your ability to function in any environment.
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