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College Admissions


The best colleges and universities in America are often considered liberal arts institutions which conduct considerable impactful research. They strive to identify and solve the world’s problems, be they public health, education, energy production, etc. Most colleges use a holistic approach to evaluating their applicants, that is after grades and standardized test scores, admission is based on a variety of factors: academic record, extracurricular activities, intellectual achievements, talents, abilities and personal traits. At Morningside Heights America, we understand your desire for a grand education, your need for world-class advice and your wish to put your mind at ease with the admissions process.


What Questions do Premier Colleges Ask about your File?


Growth and Potential 

  • Have you reached your maximum academic and personal potential?
  • Do you challenge yourself?
  • Have you been working to capacity in the pursuit of your academic and personal ambitions?
  • Do you have the reserve power to do more?
  • How do you allocate your time?
  • Do you show initiative?
  • What motivates you?
  • Where will you be in one, five, and 25 years from now?
  • How will you contribute to those around you?
  • What sort of human being are you now? What sort of human being will you be in the future?


Interests and Activities


  • Do you care deeply about anything – Intellectual? Extracurricular? Personal?
  • What have you learned from your interests? Have you achieved? What have you learned from success and failure?
  • In terms of extracurricular, athletic, community, or family commitments, have you taken full advantage of opportunities?
  • What is the quality of your activities? Do you appear to have genuine commitment or leadership skills?


Character and Personality


  • What choices have you made? Why?
  • Are you a late bloomer?
  • How open are you to new ideas and people?
  • What about your maturity, character, leadership, self-confidence, warmth of personality, sense of humor, energy, concern for others and grace under pressure?


Contribution to the College Community


  • Will you be able to stand up to the pressures and freedoms of College life?
  • Will you contribute something beneficial to the campus and to your classmates?
  • Would other students want to room with you, share a meal, be in a seminar together, be teammates, or collaborate in a closely knit extracurricular group?