"WHEN APPLYING TO college, many students think they know which strategies will help them attract the attention – in a good way – of admissions officers. But there's often a gap between perception and reality about what actually matters, and what matters most, when it comes to grades, test scores, extracurricular activities and other factors. And what holds true in this unprecedented time will differ in some ways from the norm.
Many colleges report that they take a multifaceted approach to reviewing applicants, factoring in grades and scores on the SAT or ACT, but also aiming 'to evaluate them beyond what is seen on a transcript,' Joe Shields, an admissions counselor at Goucher College in Maryland, says. 'A holistic admissions review process allows a student to demonstrate their best qualities and discuss how they would be a good fit for that college.'
Another promising and often misunderstood fact: It's not as difficult as many students think to get admitted to a college, beyond the most selective schools. On average, two-thirds of first-time freshman applicants were offered admission to a four-year school in the U.S., according to a 2019 report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Some 80% of colleges accepted 50% or more." ...https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/common-college-admissions-myths