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Your grades in college placement (Advanced Placement) and honors courses.

These are the number one factor in college admissions.

2

The rigor and breadth of your courses.

Beyond your grades, admission officers are looking at the intensity of your courses and the amount of work you complete.

3

Your high school grade point average.

Be sure to ask your counselor how it is calculated at your high school and how colleges view it.

4

Your college essay.

Learn how to write an amazing essay that is personal and showcases your writing skills.

5

Teacher and counselor recommendations.

Colleges typically ask for one to two teacher recommendations and one recommendation from your counselor. Build solid relationships early, and learn how to ask for recommendations.

6

Your class rank.

Public universities place great importance on how you compare to other students in your graduating class.

7

Outside interests and community service activities.

College admissions officers want well-rounded students, so get involved and be active now!

8

Jobs, internships and volunteer work.

Show your desire to learn and grow beyond school, and demonstrate your financial responsibility and time-management skills. Keep track of your experiences with what we like to call your pre-college Portfolio.

9

Your social media presence.

Yes, admissions officers do check Facebook. Be mindful of how you present yourself online.