|Students who got into CAC say:|
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| | I did well in school and I had high scores, but that's not the only thing Carleton looks for. While my academic performance was good, it wasn't absolutely stellar, and I definitely wasn't valedictorian (although Carleton definitely has its share of those). I'm convinced that what got me in was the fact that I was passionate about and very talented at one thing, which I intended to continue in college, I had a few genuine, already pursued interests, and I had an impressive record of service to my community. If this got me in, I'm guessing it's what a prospective student should try and aim for.
I worked hard in high school and got overall pretty good grades. I think it helped that I applied from the south, as most students are from the midwest with a significant number from the northeast as well. In high school I participated in a range of extracurricular too, from jazz band to field hockey. I figure this all must have balanced out my none too stunning SAT performance, though I did pretty well on the ACT. I took both since my college counselor thought that I might do better on the ACT than the SAT after my first attempt at the SAT. I can't remember my scores now, and they don't seem important anymore. I do remember I took the SAT twice to try and do better.
| Art & Design Department|| Aug 27 2010 | Get involved in everything. Academic standards are intense. If you aren't in the top 15% of your class you better be a concert pianist or something because you won't get in. If you have a 4.0 and great scores you probably will get in but don't think just because you have grades you will. Admissions are cracking down because student population has been increasing. If you have no extracurriculars, you are pretty screwed. Essays, high school grades and interviews are important!