Admit it: There are more students with a B grade point average than not. When speaking about college admissions, most people focus on highly-selective colleges and highly-competitive students. Thus is the frenzy of college admissions. Yet, outside of the top ten of the class, the remaining students will have a different college admissions experience. Although the competition will still remain, there are means to navigate the admissions process that increase the possibility of admissions while decreasing the amount of stress. Crisp Consulting + Coaching would like to offer a few college admission strategies for the B student.
Be all you can be. Course selection and rigor is always considered in the admissions office. Examine the requirements for graduation and college entrance. Each state has similar requirements for its core curriculum. In North Carolina, examine the North Carolina Scholars requirement. Once you understand these requirements, register for elective courses that support your passion. If you are a visual artist, seek all the visual art and art history courses at your school. If you are interested in marketing, register for as many business and marketing courses offered at your school. Admissions officers will appreciate your focus and developing passion will benefit your future career and your application.
Be academically balanced. Work to your best ability in all your classes without sacrificing an inordinate amount of time in one subject at the demise of other grades. In courses that you excel, register for Honors or Advanced Placement offerings. Most importantly, always work hard and dedicate extra time to after class discussions with teachers. A continual upward trajectory in grades and scores always impresses an admissions officer.
Be mindful of your college list. With all college searches, the focus should be academic, financial and social fit. Examine the academic qualities of the school paying attention to the average accepted GPA, class percentiles and the median ACT and SAT scores. Do not confuse a school with a higher acceptance rate with a lackluster education. Schools such as Baylor University, Earlham College, Furman Univeristy, Pepperdine University and the University of Alabama provide a phenomenal education.
Be amazing. Set yourself apart by contributing to your community and participating fully. Your activities should support your passions and demonstrate depth and commitment. Involvement and leadership over four years in a few clubs fairs better than a smattering of many clubs with nominal participation. This mindset should also influence your summers. An engaging summer is an amazing opportunity to distinguish yourself from your peers.
A student with a solid B grade point average has many options. There are over 2000 colleges and universities that have acceptance rates above 50% and courses filled with B students.
Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, Raleigh-Durham and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.