After you have answered the questions from your college application guidebook, input your potential college list and start finding more information about how you compare to previous classes.
Google Search “(Insert Name of College) Incoming Class Profile” and it should link you to the following information.
- Average SAT/ACT
- Average GPA
Find the “admissions” section of that particular university, and you should find information for:
- Application rounds
- Application deadlines
- Interview procedures
Find the “financial aid” section of that particular university, and you should find information for:
- Financial aid requirements (FAFSA/CSS/TASFA)
- Scholarship deadlines
- Net Price Calculators
To determine if the school on your college list is a “safety” “match” or “reach” use the following rules of thumb:
Safety: Your test scores & GPA usually exceed what has been historically admitted in the previous admission cycle (see the incoming class profile if available) – if you are an auto-admit, this might apply, but note that UT and AM fall under holistic review for specific majors, so for example, you might be top 6%, get into UT, but not get into McCombs School of Business
Match: Your test scores & gpa usually fall within the middle 50% of what has been historically admitted in the previous admission cycle (see the incoming class profile).
Reach: The competition at these schools is so competitive, regardless of your rank and GPA, the process is holistic. the university has an internal set of institutional needs and if your application matches their profile, you’re in.