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People who have their sights set on high-level corporate careers or industry-disrupting entrepreneurial ventures are looking for strong connections. They know that the broader and more established their networks are, the more likely they are to succeed.
One way to do that? By attending an elite university.
The problem is that people tend to gravitate toward people like them, which means many of these entrenched institutions have had to work to cultivate more diverse student populations. Assessments like the SAT and ACT give some privileged students an advantage, leading some schools to abandon them altogether.
Some, however, are still using the tests, meaning students across the board have to find ways to submit a successful application — regardless of how well they perform on the SAT.
Gaming the System?
If you ask most people what they think about SAT scores at Ivy League schools, they’ll say that Harvard University demands a 1600. Anything less than a 1500, and you can kiss your dreams of an elite education goodbye. Students are getting better at taking the test, too, which means that only the best of the best have a shot at getting in. Right?
Fortunately, conventional wisdom isn’t always founded in truth. The Atlantic recently published an article exploring why top colleges are growing disillusioned with high scores. Even GPAs have become suspect, with more than half of American high schoolers graduating with an average of A or better.
Does this mean that anyone who doesn’t score highly on the SAT with perfect grades should abandon her Ivy League dreams? No. On the contrary, top universities have begun to place less emphasis on metrics like test scores and are growing more interested in students who live well-rounded lives.
“We understand the importance of good test scores, as do most colleges. However, we know that test scores are not the ultimate factor in college admissions,” Georgina Coleman, COO of Axiom Learning, a test prep and college admissions consulting firm, says. “Students should focus on developing significant depth in one area, not just strong test scores and grades, if they want to attend their top-choice college.”
The Question About SAT Questions
When everyone is special, no one is. Colleges recognize that most students, especially wealthy ones, have access to a variety of test prep opportunities. They also know that many high schools today are more lenient about grading. To determine which students deserve admission in a sea of sameness, admissions officials are looking at the bigger picture.
Colleges don’t want students who arrive with “good pedigrees,” pass all their classes, and leave without a whisper. They crave people who will make a difference. Admissions departments want to find students who will challenge the norm, discover new things, and change the world.
Unfortunately, no test can tell colleges which applicants are most likely to start great companies or cure diseases. To identify the students with the greatest potential, colleges have begun to prioritize a variety of factors in the admissions process. This new positioning means that students from all backgrounds have a better shot of getting into their dream school — if they know how to prepare.
What Colleges Want to See
Prospective college applicants still need to prepare for the SAT, but scores alone are no longer enough. To up their odds of acceptance, students should also focus on factors such as:
1. Demonstrated Interest
Universities want students who want them back. A person who doesn’t care whether she gets accepted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or Columbia might not get accepted to any of them. On the other hand, a student who makes the effort to show one school that she’s highly interested has a greater chance of gaining admission.
Demonstrated interest, according to U.S. News, isn’t limited to campus visits. Students should also speak to admissions officers who visit their schools, attend webinars, and interview with alumni to up their odds. Early decision processes can also increase chances of acceptance for students who know where they want to go.
2. Essays and Personal Statements
SAT scores don’t tell colleges how interesting, driven, or passionate their applicants are. That’s why they ask for essays.
Students should use their essay to demonstrate what makes them unique. Everyone tries to be special, which means students have to be careful about how they present themselves. Coleman notes that “applicants should reflect, not just tell a story from their life. Admissions offices don’t want to hear what happened. They want to know what happened after.”
3. Athletics and Arts
Universities know that most of their students aren’t future Olympians. They also know that most of the cello players and trumpeters submitting their applications will never play in the New York Philharmonic. Just because their students won’t go pro, however, doesn’t mean colleges don’t care about students with hobbies outside the classroom.
Participation alone isn’t enough. Colleges want captains, four-year lettermen, and specialists who have truly committed themselves to a craft. Experts recommend that students avoid boasting about small contributions and focus on showcasing a few activities where they truly shine.
4. Service and Social Justice
Colleges are hotbeds for social change. Recently, many high schools also have been, inspired by movements such as March for Our Lives.
Admissions officers love to see people who push boundaries and question the status quo. For high school students, a bit of conscientious disruption can be a major factor in an admissions decision.
Volunteer hours are nice, but lots of students put in shifts at food banks. Universities want people who instigate change and lead programs. Students don’t have to lead revolutions to get noticed, though. By helping local charities reach new areas or serve new populations, students can demonstrate initiative, leadership ability, and social awareness all at once.
The SAT won’t go away anytime soon, and it can spotlight a student’s critical-thinking skills. But colleges no longer treat the test like the be-all, end-all of admissions. Students with entrepreneurial dreams should live well-balanced lives — and not just for the sake of college. Young people who explore the world outside school inevitably learn things they never would have otherwise. Those discoveries feed an intellectual curiosity that’s good for both admissions odds and personal growth.
January 31, 2019 at 05:34AM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs