Colleges and universities seek students who will add a unique dimension to their school community. Applicants should be aware that there are some considerations beyond the academic. IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) lists the criteria that most schools consider when evaluating candidates. However, there are other considerations that schools may find to be of interest.
- Students with special talents in sports, music, and particular academic areas
- Some state schools that are required by law to admit a certain percentage of in-state students
- Student diversity (geographic, cultural, ethnic, sexual orientation, first-generation applicants; minorities; students who have overcome obstacles)
- Legacy and donors: It is noteworthy that not all colleges and universities consider children of alumni (legacy) as a separate category. The news currently abounds with opinions about the impact of large donations upon college acceptances, which will most likely be evaluated by experts in the financial field.