This is is the fourth of our posts about the college applications process. Please take a look at our previous posts to see our thoughts about the application process!
GPA: This is another big one. There are quite a few overall rules of thumb, which we covered in the first post:
Now let’s dig in a little deeper. In this post, we’re going to cover a few additional rules of thumb, strategies for improving your academic performance, and how to plan your coursework effectively for high school.
What do colleges want to see? Ultimately, when an admissions officer is looking at your transcript, they want to know that you’re challenging yourself, and that you’re succeeding at the highest level.
Specific coursework: Some colleges request specific courses – check each college you’re interested in, and make sure you’re taking the right courses.
Consistency: Your choice of courses should also be consistent and reflect who you are as a person. You should continue the courses you've completed in previous grades; for example, if you completed French 1, take French 2 and French 3 instead of switching to another language.
Rank: Class rank shows your achievements relative to the competition you've encountered. Most public high schools compute class rank. Ivy League schools assess your class rank based on GPA, type and size of your high school.
Grade Improvement Strategies
So, what if you aren’t where you want to be with your GPA, and you’re already a year into high school? There are a few things you can do to try to get yourself back on the right path.
Participate: Being engaged forces you to understand the material