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KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Though it's tougher than ever to get into many colleges and universities like the University of Tennessee, students aren't admitted only on a GPA and test scores.
Admissions officers say they are looking for well-rounded students.
"What a student needs to do is not only do well in school and take a rigorous academic curriculum and do the best he or she can, but also a student needs to a good job telling us who he or she is," says Nancy McGlasson, of UT's admissions office.
Many universities have an in-depth process for deciding who gets in. At UT it's called "holistic review."
Admissions staff use the process to look over a student's profile, or resume, to dig a little deeper.
McGlasson warns that you shouldn't conclude this means the more activities a student participates in the better his or her chances will be for admission.
"I'd rather see a person that tries a few things as a freshman and then decides to stick with one or two," she says. "A person who is running around doing all these things, it's good, it shows good time management, but how can you really move into a leadership position? How can you really make a difference if you're just dropping in on meetings?"
Admissions people like McGlasson encourage students to take time to really write down what's important in their life, even out of school. Think about things like community and church involvement, and hobbies.
And one more important suggestion: Students should ask themselves why they want to attend the university they've chosen.