While your school transcript and ACT or SAT test scores are important, they don’t give a full picture of who you are. College admissions officers are looking for students that will create an incoming class with diverse interests and backgrounds.
Each summer Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at the Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., publishes a summer reading list with recommendations from college admissions counselors and deans.
Here is his 2018 list of nearly 40 fiction and nonfiction books, with some titles that can appeal to just about everybody.
How should you go about gaining a little extra edge in the admissions process? Demonstrate interest! Collegiate admissions offices often give students extra credit for interacting with them.
Why? Because they believe students who show interest in their college are excited about them (and more likely) to attend. Whether you enroll or not after you get accepted affects a school’s rankings…and most colleges really, really care about their rankings.