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What Do College Admissions Committees Care About the Most?

February 28, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

A common misconception is that colleges care most about applicants' SAT or ACT scores, grades, and class rank. It's not true.

Most selective colleges (57%) first look at the rigor of an applicant's high school transcript. They then look at the grades you received in your courses.

What Are The Pros and Cons of Applying Early to College?

February 27, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

It’s important to understand the pros and cons of applying early to college so that you can make a well-informed decision. Unless specified, the pros are relevant for Early Decision and Early Action applicants, whereas the cons are relevant only for Early Decision applicants.