The Two Most Important College-Admissions Criteria Now Mean Less

As the cost of attending college continues to soar, the competitive field of admissions is getting even more complicated as the two most divisive admissions criteria now mean less.


Historically, a high school grade point average (GPA) had been a reliable barometer of the measurement of a student’s previous academic performance as well as a predictor for future success at the college level. However, in today’s world with more than half of the nation’s students graduating high school with an A average, it is getting more difficult for college admissions officers to distinguish students based on their GPA.


Standardized test scores are also clouding the delineation of students, especially because of the revised SAT grading scale now muddling the process even further. With little background and experience on how to interpret the new scoring scale, schools are not as confident in the test scores as an accurate portrayal of a student’s knowledge and aptitude.

The watered-down effect of these two factors spells trouble for schools needing to find ways to select students from increasingly larger pools of applicants. When the two longest standing and most reliable metrics are thrown into flux, admissions counselors are needing to find ways to accurately differentiate between the applicants in an effort to pick the most qualified freshmen class.