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.
Compatibility with your college roommate is important. When I started college, I was matched up with someone who lived close to my hometown, but he also kept me up all night, every night, by talking to his girlfriend on the phone in our (very small, very cramped) dorm room. He also chewed tobacco, and his car never worked and so he was constantly asking to borrow mine. Needless to say, this was not an ideal match for me.
Here’s how to improve your odds of being compatible with your college roommate.