What do colleges really look for in an applicant?

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To get into a good college these days you need more than just good grades. A high SAT or ACT score and a schedule jam-packed with extracurriculars often provide the competitive edge.

“They want to see individuals that can handle the curriculum at the high school level, but they want to see what they’re contributing to the community at the same time,” said Timothy Lee, VP of Enrollment Management at Le Moyne College.

Working in an enrollment office, Lee knows how hard it is to make your application stand out. But the biggest mistake he sees is families focusing only on highly selective schools, and forgetting about the rest.

Rather than being a part of 10 different clubs you only take part in once a month, admissions counselors want to see focussed students, zeroing in on things they really care about, and working to make a difference.

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