Choosing the right Students

Colleges and universities look at many different characteristics in deciding which students to admit. These factors, and the weight given to each, differ from school to school. In general institutions are looking for students who have the ability to succeed at their school. They begin that process by looking at the courses taken at high school, the grades received and the test scores.

Colleges and universities tend to rely more on grades and test scores. Smaller school are more flexible in deciding whether to admit a particular student. To determine what factors for admission are looked at by any particular school, UK Education consultants will liaise with the admission advisor from the school concerned.

having determined that a particular student could succeed academically, many schools will look for additional factors.

Some of these factors are discussed below:

Personal Achievement Reviewed

  • Extracurricular activities: the college will be looking at the amount of time you spent in your activities and whether you held a leadership role.
  • Character traits: What traits do you possess that reflect on your leadership, social skills, inspiration, discipline or determination?
  • Interview: the interview might highlight a special talent or problem in your record.
  • Recommendations: what sort of person/student do your teachers and counsellors think you are?
  • Summer experiences: what have you done in the summer vacation and how has that influenced your life/perspective? Most schools are impressed by someone working during the summer to save money for school. It reflects a certain level of maturity to be able to hold down a job.

Other Considerations

  • Gender: many schools try to achieve as close to a 50-50 balance between men and women as possible. Depending on the school, this may give one sex or the other an advantage if the school needs more men or more women.
  • Race or ethnicity: Schools are often looking for geographical diversity in their students.
  • Special talents: If you are particularly talented in some area (art, music, writing, athletics, etc.) Your application may be strengthened.
  • Areas of interest: if you have a particular interest that is very unusual and to which you have devoted a great deal of time, you may get additional consideration.
  • Legacy status: Some schools give preference if one of your parents or siblings has previously attended the college to which you are applying.
  • Financial Status: Some universities/colleges make admission decisions based on your financial ability to cover your staying expenses in the UK.

Admission Achievement

  • Your transcript: colleges and universities will look at the level of difficulty of the courses you took and the grades received in those courses.
  • Class rank: The colleges will review your GPA and where you rank in your class.
  • Standardized Test Scores: TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, GRE, SAT etc.Teacher and counsellor
  • recommendations.Achievements/Awards/Scholarships.Admission awards.