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Top 10 Things Colleges Look for in a High-School Student

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Strong Grades and an Upward Trend


Admissions officers value grades that represent strong effort. Grades should show an upward trend over the years. However, slightly lower grades in a rigorous program are preferred to all A's in less challenging coursework.

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