non academics

There is a long list of requirements an applicant needs to fulfill in order to get a favorable decision from the admissions committee. Understanding how admissions committees view the various components of your application will help you make better decisions with regard to which extracurricular activities to pursue, as well as how to approach your written materials.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

What it represent: GPA represents the ability to meet the academic demands of professional school.

What it lacks: Due to variation in grading practices across schools, it is not possible for admissions committees to know how difficult it is for students to achieve a certain GPA at a certain school

 

Way out: Dependency on Standardized tests

Standardized Test Scores

What it represent: It is a tool for the  admissions committees to evaluate your academic abilities relative to all other applicants because everyone has to take the same exam.

What it lacks: The test is taken in one sitting, representing a snapshot of how you performed on a long multiple-choice test on a particular day. It does not provide a comprehensive view of your academic fitness for the professional school.

Way out: Combination of GPA and Test Scores provide a good predication of an applicant’s academic abilities.

Community Service & Volunteering

What it represent: Commitment to serving your community without any guarantee of reward or acknowledgment.

What it lacks: Such engagements do not offer any information about your academic promise. 

 

Way out: Combined with academic benchmarks, this engagement provides a good prediction of career success.

Research

What it represent: Research projects, presentations, and publications can help you demonstrate your academic promise.

What it lacks: Insight on how you will practice your selected profession.

Way out: Combined with Non Academic tools, this activity provides a good prediction of career success.

Leadership

What it represent: Your willingness and ability to be responsible for others. 

What it lacks: Such engagements do not offer any information about your academic promise.

Way out: Combined with academic benchmarks, this engagement provides a good prediction of career success.

Personal Statement

What it represent: Personal Statement demonstrate which of your qualities—character, personality traits, attitudes—make you a great fit for the career.

What it lacks: It does not provide In-depth descriptions of your extracurricular activities. Moreover, a great personal statement cannot overcome very low stats.

Way out: Combined with academic and other nonacademic benchmarks, the personal statement provides a good prediction of career success.

Activities / Autobiographical Sketch

What it represent: Your ability to describe your commitment to various extracurricular activities, as well as your responsibilities, accomplishments, impact, lessons learned, and growth.

What it lacks: It’s a bird’s eye view on who you are. It does not shed light on your academic capabilities.

 

Way out: Combined with academic and other nonacademic benchmarks, this engagement provides a good prediction of career success.

Interview

What it represent: An opportunity to show admissions committees that you are a socially adept person. Moreover, your answers to interview questions will help admissions staff gauge your thoughtfulness and fitness for their school.

What it lacks: Information about your academic promise, including your ability to handle academic workload.

Way out: Combined with academic and other nonacademic benchmarks, this engagement provides a good prediction of career success.

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