Three Tips to Add Rigor to Your High School Record


Looking good to college admission officers can seem like a puzzle with too many pieces to track. You've got things like GPA, extracurriculars and sometimes even work or volunteer experience to worry about. Then you'll have your application essays and potential college interviews — the list goes on and on.

Some elements of your application hold more weight than others, though, and a good number of schools in our book The Best 385 Colleges state that a very important factor considered during admissions decisions is “rigor of secondary school record." That rigor can be expressed in a variety of ways, so here are a few tips to ensure you stand out.

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