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7 College Admissions Trends for High School Students and Their Parents in 2023


As a parent of a high school student, it's essential to stay informed about the latest trends in college admissions. Understanding what admission officers are looking for in applicants can help your child stand out and increase their chances of acceptance. Here are seven trends in college admissions for 2023 that you should be aware of:

  • Test-Optional Policies are Becoming More Common

Many colleges are eliminating standardized test score requirements for admission, which means students have more opportunities to showcase their skills and achievements in other areas. However, some colleges still require SAT or ACT scores, so it's essential to research the requirements of each college your child is considering. If your child decides not to submit their test scores, they must focus on their grades, essays, and extracurricular activities.

  • Your Child's Major Matters

Admission officers often look closely at a student's intended major when evaluating their application. Students should choose a major that aligns with their interests, skills, and experiences. If your child is planning to apply to a competitive major, they may want to consider a less competitive major within the same university to increase their chances of acceptance.

  • Legacy Preferences are Being Phased Out

Legacy admissions, where colleges give preference to children of alumni, are being phased out by many colleges. Students and parents need to adjust their expectations, but it's important to note that legacies can still qualify for admission on their own merits.

  • Colleges Value Diversity

Colleges are increasingly seeking diversity, equity, and inclusion, and admission officers value students who represent diverse backgrounds and experiences. Students from all backgrounds should apply to colleges and universities and highlight their experiences, beliefs, and perspectives in their essays and extracurricular activities.

  • International Enrollment is Increasing

After a decline in international student enrollment during the pandemic, colleges are reporting an increase in international student enrollment for the upcoming academic year. International students bring unique perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds to the classroom and enrich the learning experience.

  • Waitlisted Students are on the Rise

Colleges are wait listing more students due to uncertainty around the pandemic's impact on enrollment. It's important for students to have backup schools and apply to a range of colleges to increase their chances of acceptance.

  • Personalized Advising Can Make a Difference

Navigating the college admissions process can be overwhelming, but personalized advising can make all the difference. A professional tutor from Sapneil Tutoring can help your child identify their strengths, choose a college that aligns with their goals, and craft a standout application that showcases their achievements.

Don't wait until the last minute to start thinking about college admissions. Contact a pro at Sapneil Tutoring today to get started on your child's college journey.


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