What it Takes to Achieve Highly Selective Colleges

A few weeks ago, America’s most selective colleges told their applicants who would be offered admission--and who would not. As some students bask in the afterglow of success, while others cope with disappointment, it is evident that the admissions process is not linear. Is there any logic behind such a seemingly arbitrary process? Actually, there is. Highly selective schools base their admissions decisions on more than just numbers. Most selective private universities select students using the holistic method, grading across multiple attributes and selecting students based upon diverse qualities that differ from college to college. The three basic attributes graded by private universities i

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