Five mistakes to avoid on your college application
With college application deadlines looming, admissions officers offer their take on the most common mistakes students make.
2. Taking the easy path
Some students worry so much about getting high grades that they don’t take courses that really challenge them.
“Colleges would rather see students earn a C in an AP course or a B in an honors course than all As in standard academic-level classes,” says Michael Curtis, a high school counselor in Bucks County, Pa., who created the MyHSCounselor.com college-planning portal.
Don’t just take his word for it. Seven out of 10 college and university admissions officials rated “strength of curriculum” as a top factor in applications, according to the 2010 College Admissions Report by the National Association of College Admission Counseling.