Each elite school has its own unique culture and background, so the profiles of the students admitted to these institutions will also vary widely. When admissions officers look at a student’s application, their biggest considerations will be the student’s high school grades, SAT I/ACT scores, and SAT II scores. Individual talents and skills also add bonus points. A student’s extracurricular activities can demonstrate leadership, dedication to community service, and other personal qualities that admissions officers are looking to add to their respective campuses. The required admissions essays add the personal connection that allows the officers to understand and see the student as a real person—providing the finishing touch to any application.
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