4 Things Every College Counselor Should Tell Their Students About Transcripts

4 Things Every College Counselor Should Tell Their Students About Transcripts

College transcripts include lots of information. What does it all mean, and how do scholarship awards committees and college admissions officers use t

Transcripts: An Integral part of your College Admission Process
Everything one needs to be aware of Transcripts:
College Transcripts : What to consider while sending your transcripts to colleges

College transcripts include lots of information. What does it all mean, and how do scholarship awards committees and college admissions officers use the data to make decisions?

  1. They’re a starting point. Transcripts have to be recorded before they’re evaluated. Most colleges enter the data in what’s known as a Student Information System.
  2. GPA is the most important factor when it comes to admissions. While it probably sounds obvious, no single stat on a student’s high school transcript resonates as deeply as grade-point average. GPA is the most important factor in deciding whether to enroll a new student at a university.
  3. But test scores are a close second. Many college transcripts may also include standardized test scores. Learning to be a good test taker years before students sit down for the exams can help them get into the college of their choice or earn merit scholarship awards.
  4. Rank and schedule difficulty also matter. People often think of college transcripts as merely a reflection of grades earned. Not so, Universities also looks to transcripts for contextual data that speaks to students’ ability to compete.

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