Which factors carry the most clout for college admissions?

11/28/2012 | Education Week

Students' performance in college-preparatory classes and the rigor of their curriculum still carry the most weight in college admissions decisions, according to a recent survey of college admissions officers by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Admission-test results and overall grades also were seen as "considerably important" to 59% and 52% of colleges, respectively, in 2011 -- an increase from 46% and 39%, respectively, in 1993. Meanwhile, the importance of class rank has declined over the past 20 years, the survey found.

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