Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 342 While individual colleges use their own criteria when evaluat- ing prospective students, most all colleges consider the grades earned in college prep courses to be the most important criteria for college admissions. Grade Point Average (GPA) A student’s grade point average is an indica- tion of how well the student is performing in high school. A student’s GPA is included on every transcript, and it’s one of the first things colleges look for. GPAissimplytheaverageofastudent’ssemester(orendofterm)grades,start- ing with the 9th grade. Although there are variations, most high schools use a 4.0 scale (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1). Students with all As have a 4.0 GPA. Students with As in half their courses and Bs in the rest have a 3.5 GPA. In the college admissions process, nothing is more important than a student’s high school academic record. Admissions Criteria When determining whether or not to accept an applicant, colleges use some, if not all, of the information listed below. Individual colleges, however, differ in how they evaluate this information. For example, one college may place a great deal of importance on test scores. Another college may focus more on other factors. u Grade point average (GPA) u Special talents/awards u Strength of subjects u Activities u ACT/SAT scores u Essays u Class rank u Interviews u Recommendations u Demonstrated interest Part I The Academic Record