Applying to College
Will I Get In?
This is perhaps the most difficult question for students and parents to sort out. Colleges base their admission decisions on a combination of the following items: course selection, grades, standardized testing scores, extracurricular activities, essays, teacher and counselor recommendations, interviews, and accomplishments and awards.
In today’s admission process, there are a number of other factors that can influence the admission decision:
A special talent: Playing the trombone, conducting college-level scientific research, playing a sport, etc.
Legacy status: Defined uniquely by each college; generally, having a parent or grandparent who graduated from the institution.
Demonstrated interest: Making contact with the college to “demonstrate” your interest; visiting a campus, attending a tour and information session. Maintaining email contact with an admission counselor, faculty member, or coach is another way of demonstrating interest. Early Decision (ED) demonstrates interest most powerfully since it is a binding agreement to attend that institution if admitted.
It is vital to bear in mind that each of these factors can influence the admission process, but not all of them do at any given institution. Your job is to review the admission and financial aid information carefully, so you understand each institution’s policies.
Where do I start?
The College Guidance staff has created an outline for students to utilize throughout their high school experience at Wyoming Seminary. Whether you begin as a freshman or enter our program as a transfer, there are resources and staff to help guide your search for the right college fit. Take a moment to visit the freshman plan, sophomore plan, junior plan or senior plan.