Last week I talked about the 2010 State of College Admissions and looked at what factors colleges consider in admitting students. But, did you know that there are huge differences in what private colleges look at in admitting students and what public colleges look at? Let’s look at some of those differences.
71% of public colleges say that test scores are of considerable importance but only 56% of private colleges give them this level of importance. On the other hand, 13% of public colleges say that the essay is of considerable importance but more than 31% of private colleges say they are of considerable importance. Teacher and counselor recommendations? Of the public colleges, only 6.3% consider them important while 21% of the private colleges do.
Concerned about your class rank? So are 27% of the public colleges but only 12% of the private ones care. 9% of the private colleges care about interviews, but none of the public colleges do.
Knowing what the different types of colleges care about may help you find the type of college where your chances of acceptance is greatest. OK test scores but a good writer? Private colleges may be more willing to look past those test scores.
Just always keep in mind that there are thousands of colleges in this country and chances are, there are a number of them that are a great choice for you.
Next time I will finish up this little series looking at what factors the more selective colleges consider in deciding who to admit.