Factors admission officers consider for college

Danny Ruderman, Independent College Counselor, shares advice on all the different factors that college admissions officers consider when deciding whether or not to admit a student
Factors Admissions Officers Consider for College
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Factors admission officers consider for college

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The most important factor that an admissions office looks for in a student is class schedule and grades; notice I didn't say GPA. A lot of families think, "Oh my goodness, my son or daughter only has a 3.6 or 2.8" or whatever it is, it’s less about the number than it is the types of classes a student is taking and the grades that a student gets on those classes. A selective school wants to see that a student has challenged himself. So it’s one thing to get a 4.0 in all ceramics classes, it’s another thing to challenge yourself with 4 years of English and 4 years of Math, and some AP’s and honor’s classes, that’s going to look better. Now, this does not mean that a student has to take an AP or honor’s curriculum to get into a 4 year school, there are 3,000 colleges out there, there are plenty of choices. But you should try to challenge yourself as much as possible because it will give students more opportunities when admissions time comes around.
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Danny Ruderman, Independent College Counselor, shares advice on all the different factors that college admissions officers consider when deciding whether or not to admit a student

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Danny Ruderman

Independent College Counselor

Danny Ruderman is a nationally recognized college counselor whose mission is to help as many families as possible navigate the admissions process.  

The Fontana High School and Stanford grad is the author of The Ultimate College Acceptance System and creator of college counseling programs used by school districts across the U.S. and Fortune 500 companies. He is known for his huge forehead and helping students get into schools that really match their interests. His newest book, Top 100 Answers to Your College Admissions Questions will be released in March 2013.

Danny graduated with Honors from Stanford University and holds a BA in Human Biology with an emphasis in Education. He was named a Merit Teacher for his work at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and worked as an educational therapist for K&M Associates in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, Between the Lines on PBS, College Bound Magazine, The Bill Handel Show, and Powernomics. Danny is also a regular contributor to Money 101 on KFWB in Los Angeles.

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