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Written by: kmurphy
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

This past week the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) released a survey of the "Top 10 Strengths and Experiences Colleges Look for in High School Students." The survey reflects the collective opinions of the most experienced college counselors in the profession who have observed trends in college admission for nearly forty years and who have a good grasp of what colleges are looking for in their applicants.

According to IECA members, number one on the list was an academic curriculum that is both rigorous and challenging.  Colleges want to see that you are willing to take it to the next level and continue to grow in a variety of academic disciplines.  Senior year is not supposed to be easy, but instead, a stepping stone for more challenging work in college.  It isn't too late to revise your choices for this fall - consider taking that fourth year of math, science and foreign language.  Demonstrate to your college choices that you are willing and able to handle a difficult curriculum. 

Another item to make the Top 10 was demonstrated intellectual curiosity, which could come via leisurely pursuits and reading above and beyond classroom assignments.  So instead of turning on the Xbox this summer, commit to reading a book for fun.  There are many great suggestions out there for summer reads for teens.  You can start by visiting your local library's website or take a look at Amazon's top suggestions for finding that perfect book for you.

To read the rest of the Top 10, visit IECA's website.


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