College Selection Criteria

Colleges will use some of the criteria below for determining whether or not to accept an applicant.

Colleges vary in the manner that they weigh these criteria. So don't try to second guess the admissions office.You can't be accepted if you don't apply.

No later than the spring of the junior year, students should begin gathering information about as many colleges asthey can so that they may have sufficient information about any school's advantages and disadvantages, anddetermine whichcolleges are best suited to their goals, needs and abilities. Remember that while the schools have their ways of judging you, you are in the process of judging them examine some of the criteria you might consider in picking a college:

Students should be realistic about these decisions and should not assume that the school which is most attractive to them will automatically admit them. Guidance counselors, teachers, other students and family can provide good feed back about a student's chances of being admitted to the college of his/her choice. The wise student listens carefully.

Students who commit themselves early to one or two schools are sometimes disappointed. The admissions process, as well managed as it is at most colleges, is sometimes unpredictable.Students can be disappointed if they either over-estimatetheir ability to compete for admission to selected colleges.

On the other hand, students should not automatically assume that their chances of admission at a particular college, or their families' to pay the tuition costs, are so limited that they should not bother applying.

In general, we advise students to apply to

Although only a rough gauge, the following graphic can give you a general idea of your academic fit in a range of colleges. This presentation is not hard and fast as admissions criteria vary from school to school.

Highly Selective

ACT
(Composite)

College Selectivity

SAT 1
(Total (V+M))

17-20

Open

  • All high school graduates accepted to limit of capacity
830-950
19-22

Liberal

  • Courses not listed as "College Prep," "Honors'"or "Advanced Placement" are designed with academic standards intended to prepare students to qualify for technical colleges and colleges with "liberal" selectivity.
  • Courses not listed as "College Prep," "Honors'"or "Advanced Placement" are designed with academic standards intended to prepare students to qualify for technical colleges and colleges with "liberal" selectivity.
  • Liberal colleges accept up to 95% of applicants.
  • Admit some freshmen from lower half of graduating class
800-949
20-23

Traditional

  • College prep courses are designed to prepare students to qualify for colleges with "traditional" selectivity.
  • Traditional Colleges accept up to 85% of applicants
  • Majority of accepted freshmen are in top 50% of their high school graduating class
950-1100
24-29

Selective

  • Honors and AP courses are designed to prepare students for colleges that are "selective".
  • Up to 70% of applicants are accepted
  • Majority of accepted freshmen are in top25% of their high school graduating class.
1100-1320
30-36

Highly Selective

  • Honors and AP courses are designed to prepare students for colleges that are "highly selective".
1320-1600

Fewer than 50% of applicants are accepted

Majority of accepted freshmen are in top 10% of their high school graduating class.