What are colleges looking for in a student?

Overall, college admissions typically value students with a difficult course load and grades that represent strong efforts and upward trending scores. But in addition to curriculum and grades, colleges also look at students’ scores on the SAT or ACT.

What is the most important thing for college admissions?

Generally the most important thing is the GPA and challenging high school curriculum. That is followed by test scores for those colleges that require them. Quality extracurricular activities and outstanding essays are extremely important as well in that they can distinguish a student from other viable candidates.

What should a college admissions officer say?

You should get to your point pretty quickly, explaining why you’re emailing and how they might know you. (For example, saying something like “It was nice to meet you at the Regional College Fair last week.”) You should end with a “Thank you,” or “Sincerely,” followed by your first and last name.