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How Universities evaluate applications. Tips and Tricks to get admitted.

Here is how universities evaluate candidates for admission and how you can improve your application to increase your chances of getting admitted.

Many big colleges get thousands of applications from students from all over the world and they have to decide who to admit and who to deny. The admission process is a complicated process that is designed to be as fair as possible and admit the best students who will be able to fit and contribute to the university community.

Steps in University Admission process.

Many university applications are done online these days, either through the website or using a Common App where prospective students submit their information and application.

After the prospective students submits their information, the App creates a first reader sheet that is sent to the first admission officer. This first admission officer reads the entire application and extracts the most important information and condense it into a two sided paper called the First Reader sheet. At the bottom of this sheet, there is a recommendation section where he can mark either Admit, Deny, Waitlist or Defer. This takes him about 15 minutes.

The Entire Student application and the "First Reader sheet" is then turned over to a higher ranking admission officer who reads both and creates his/her own "Second Reader Sheet". This second reader is more experienced with particular major or subject that the student applied to. He/she reads the Student application, the First Reader sheet and then makes his own "second Reader sheet" with recommendation whether to Admit, Deny, Waitlist or Defer the student.

The "Students application", "First Reader sheet" and "Second reader sheet" are then sent to a committee who review the files and considers the recommendations from both reader sheets and then make a joint decision whether to admit or deny the student's application.

What the Universities look for when deciding whether to admit or deny a student.

A students score in standardized tests like SAT. TOEFL, GRE, GMAT and others is important and is a consideration when universities make decision whether to admit a student or not.

However there are other factors that are considered and you can use these to improve your chances of being admitted. Often times, the admission officers want to understand your capacity to handle the academic, social, emotional, and intellectual rigors of their particular school.

They also want to admit students who have to potential to most positively impact the school culture, improve diversity and add to the college experience. Therefore they use what is known as "holistic review" when evaluating applications. This is where they look for signs that you are involved in activities, e.g. sports, leadership, arts etc and that you show a likelihood to continue with these activities once you arrive on campus. So if you are involved in an extra curricula activity and continued to do it even after you left school, that shows that you will most likely continue with that activity.

Many admission officers like to see a demonstrated passion in one or two areas, be they academic, intellectual or social, you need to convey your passion through continued participation in these areas. You can demonstrate this by showing tangible evidence of your passion in specific activities. Examples of this evidence includes Awards, projects, narratives, photos, portfolios, letters of recommendations and transcripts.

For example if you are applying for an Engineering school, you can demonstrate passion for your craft by showing something you have built that functions.


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