College Admissions Factors
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College Admissions Factors

Each college and university has an admissions policy that falls

into one of three categories:

Open Admissions

Open Admissions

All students are admitted (State and Community Colleges)

Selective Admissions

Selective Admissions

Students must meet certain admissions standards to be admitted. (Most state universities and private colleges and universities)

Highly Selective Admissions

Highly Selective Admissions

Highly Selective Admissions- Students must meet very high admission standards to be admitted. (Select state universities, Ivy League schools)

When considering your college application…

 

It’s important to note the following factors which impact a school’s decision-making process:

Resume of Activities

It is important for a student to create a resume of all extracurricular activities they have engaged in since September of their freshmen year. This should include all school related activities, community service, work, educational experiences outside of school and religious activities.

Application Essay

The essay is often the most overlooked aspect of the college admission process. Students are expected to spend a considerable amount of time in the preparation of the essay. It should be personal and honest, thoughtfully and carefully written, and discuss something of importance to the student. Counselors are available to help with this.

Counselor Statement

The counselors will attempt to present a fair and accurate assessment, emphasize strengths and highlight important academic trends for each student.

Standardized Test Scores

Scores on the SAT or the ACT are used by admissions committees as one measure to compare students from different schools.

Florida State University System Admissions Requirements

18 Academic Credits and minimum SAT or ACT score

  • English 4 credits
  • Math 3 credits (Algebra I and above)
  • Science 3 credits (2 with a lab)
  • Social Science 3 credits
  • Foreign Language 2 credits of the same Foreign Language
  • Academic Electives 3 credits must come from English, Math, Science, History, & Foreign Language courses

Teacher Recommendation

Each college has its own specific requirements for teacher recommendations, but in most cases two are requested. In some instances colleges are very specific, asking for recommendations from teachers in certain subject areas, whereas others may give a student their choice or require none at all. Read the application forms carefully.

High School Transcript

How has a student done in their courses? Colleges would much rather see tough and challenging courses that are in line with a student’s ability than a high grade point average comprised of easy courses. The minimum academic course requirements for admission to any Florida state university are below. All English, Math, Science, Social Science, and Foreign Language courses are considered academic credits.