In the last post, I discussed the aspects of geography and the role it plays in shaping your college decision at the NCAA Division III level. In today’s post, the question is- how are your grades?
It is very important to understand the academic requirements for each school that you are considering. What are the average SAT scores? GPAs? What percentile rank is the average student? You can find that information out through Internet research on the school’s website or other third party websites like The Princeton Review.
And the important thing is that you need to be realistic. If you have a 3.0 GPA and 1000 on your SATs, it is not very likely that you are going to get accepted at a college where the average GPA for incoming freshmen is 3.75 and average SAT scores are 1800. That is not to say that you shouldn’t try and stretch yourself to the best of your abilities, you should also have a Plan B in the event that you don’t get accepted.
Another consideration is are there other things besides grade that you need to consider. Most colleges will have requirements with the number of math, science, and English classes that you have to take in high school, but they may also look at honors and Advanced Placement classes as well. Outside of the classroom, do they look for community service hours in addition to good academics? Do they want to see leadership positions in any of your activities?
If you need to take a bunch of AP classes and do hundreds of hours of community service all in the second semester of your senior year, you may not have the time to get it all done in time to get accepted by your dream school. So you need to make sure that plan ahead so that you can position yourself to get accepted at your dream school but also be realistic if that doesn’t work out as planned.