Universities in the US utilize a holistic review process and want to provide every candidate with opportunities to highlight academics, extracurricular activities, commitment to serving others, etc.  US universities evaluate a student’s candidacy based on some or all of the following:

  • Academic Profile:  GPA, class ranking, course rigor
  • Standardized Test Scores: SAT/SAT II/ACT
  • Writing Ability: Essays, Short Answers with Obvious Voice, Character and Passion
  • Extracurricular Activities:  Sustained Club Membership, Athletics, Student Leadership Positions, Visual & Performing Arts
  • External Activities:  Community Service, Work, Internship(s)
  • Commitment & Motivation: “Why Us” Question, Early Application
  • School Letters of Recommendation

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