In the above pie chart are listed all of the factors that go into a college or university sending you that thick coveted acceptance packet or that painful, short rejection letter. College admission officers look at everything from your GPA to your extracurricular activities to the state and school you’re from. As you can see, the red section of the pie chart shows the factors that are beyond your control, and the gray section shows just that: a gray area of control. It might be frustrating to look at the chart and see almost 1/3 is out of your control or somewhat out of your control.
However, at MEK we are dedicated to showing you how to maximize the green section: the factors that are in your control. We want to help you see what your strengths and weakness are on a college application, and more importantly, what colleges are suited to those strengths and weaknesses.
At our annual College Information Session on April 21st, we will help you realize what your pie chart looks like and how to find the school that matches that pie chart.
Here’s an example:
Let’s say your pie chart looks like this. You have a strong GPA, good test scores, a great admission essay that demonstrates your character, and a range of athletic, artistic, and charitable activities. You might think this is the perfect pie chart to have; the one that a college couldn’t resist. Indeed, you would be a competitive candidate. However, most of us don’t have pie charts like this. Most of us are stronger in some areas and weaker in others. That’s okay! Because most colleges and universities care about one aspect over the others.
Here’s another example:
Does this look like your pie chart? Do you have a really strong GPA, but you’re a bad test-taker? Do you feel like your application doesn’t stand out, and your admission officer won’t have a clear idea of who you are?
Don’t worry. First of all, grades are the number one factor that schools look at to determine acceptance. Plus, there are now some highly respected colleges and universities that are no longer looking at SAT/ACT test scores in their admissions process. Plus, MEK can show you how to write an amazing application essay that will showcase your character and what you bring to the table.
What if your Pie Chart looks like this?
Okay, your GPA and your test scores aren’t the best. However, you’ve won two national art contests. Maybe, you have a room full of dance trophies and even organized a dancing competition fundraiser for the underprivileged. Maybe you took your basketball team to state finals. You have strengths that go beyond just the classroom, but you’re worried that your grades will keep you from college.
If this is your pie chart you may need to look at liberal arts colleges that will value your artistic talent. Maybe you should look into Service Academies that will value your discipline, character, and athleticism.
What about this Pie Chart?
Are you an amazing-test taker? Did you work really hard and hit the high 1500s on your SAT and a 36 on the ACT? However, your GPA is somewhat less than impressive, because you went through a rebellious phase your sophomore year? We’ve already said earlier that GPA is the number one factor in college admissions and that some schools don’t even look at your test scores. You may be suddenly worried that all your hard work during SAT/ACT Prep was for nothing!
Wait just a second. There are schools for you. Colleges that will appreciate your ability to score in the 1 percentile of test takers and answer complex questions on a timed test. Plus, once again, MEK can show you how to maximize your admission essay to show your true hard working, no-more-sophomore-rebellion personality.
What about this Pie Chart?
If you have this pie chart, you may not be worried at all. You’re top of your class, you aced your SAT, and you’re about to be named salutatorian of your high school. However, colleges are going to look at your extracurricular activities and character. Do you give back to your community, and therefore will one day give back to your college? Do you have passions, interests, and initiatives that take you out of the library and make you participate and contribute to the university campus? If you’re starting to sweat that you’re not well rounded enough for the most competitive schools then let MEK help you!
We can show you what schools will value your intellect the most. We’ll also teach you how to show other aspects of your personality in your admission essay that will convince an ivy league school that you will be an active, productive member of their student body.
Finally, what about this pie chart?
Your test scores are okay, you have a B- GPA, and you were in the marching band. All in all, you may be worried that you just don’t excel enough in any areas to get into a top university. However, you have one thing that others don’t: an amazing character. Maybe you’ve volunteered all of your life. Maybe you’ve overcome tremendous obstacles. Maybe your the first person in you family to graduate high school. MEK can show you what schools are best for you to apply to, and how to highlight this part of you life in your admissions essay.
So ask yourself: what kind of Pie Chart am I?
That’s okay MEK will help you figure it out.
Are you sure, but don’t know what that means for you and your college applications?
MEK has the answers.
Join us for our FREE 2018 College Information Session on April 21st, 6pm, at the Clinton Inn Hotel & Event Center in Tenafly, NJ.
Click here for more information and to reserve your seat!
Plus, our College Information Session will cover so much more than just pie charts! We’ll talk to you about how to ask teachers for recommendations, where to look for scholarships and financial aid, and so much more!
Don’t miss out!