So, everyone knows that good grades in high school is important for college admissions. But there’s way more to that transcript that admissions officers look for than just a student’s grades.
First, let’s review what’s on the high school transcript. It’s a copy of your teenager’s permanent academic record, and includes:
- courses taken from all schools the student has attended
- dates each course was taken during each semester (or trimester)
- codes that indicate the difficulty level of the course (college prep)
- college courses, if taken
- grades for each course
- grade point average (GPA)
- ACT, SAT, AP test scores (+ sometimes state exam scores)
The transcript is the very first thing that admissions officers look at – and is the most closely scrutinized.
Sure, test scores, school activities and essays are important to colleges when considering students for admissions. But the most revealing document that’s out there is the transcript. It shows how a student has challenged himself (or not) and how he’s excelled in coursework (or slacked off).
Colleges want to admit students who go above and beyond and challenge themselves. That starts with the types courses they’re taking, the difficuly of each course and the grades they receive in those courses.
Your teen should be taking this very seriously in high school, starting as a freshman.
Let’s take a look at what your teen should know about making the best impression possible here by understanding what matters most on the transcript.Continue Reading