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The four dimensions of a college applicant

Admissions officers look for candidates with balanced strengths across four dimensions: Academic Achievements, Extracurricular and Community Achievements, Match & Fit Factors, and Standout Factors.


  • Schools view grades as a proxy for the caliber of work your son or daughter is likely to perform at during college. Grades in high school courses as well as grades on standardized tests are the most commonly-assessed proxies of academic achievement.

Activities and Community

  • Colleges look at your student’s activities and community involvement to learn more about their interests. In this section, admissions committees are evaluating the way your teen has been involved outside the classroom as a way of determining the type of student they would be in an incoming freshman class.

Match and
Fit Factors

  • While academic achievements are the first criteria associated with being a “match” to a school—or not—colleges want to see that your teen is interested in their specific programs. School fit is often demonstrated in school-specific supplemental essays, in interviews, and in the activities list of an application.


  • As admissions committees are looking for a well-rounded student body, they also look to distinguish their many applicants by their various talents or unique life experiences. Standout factors may be related to going the extra mile in hobbies, extracurriculars, sports, or related to personal background.

“We talked to several companies prior to “meeting” our Veritas Prep Head Consultant. Like Veritas Prep, they were all in the business of college prep. The ease with which both Michael and I could talk to him was what really sealed the deal.”

Galina G, parent of Michael, who attends the University of Pennsylvania

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