2019's Biggest College Admissions Trend: Getting Up Close and Personal!
There’s an exciting shift happening in colleges admissions - and it’s big enough to be ranked one of 2019’s biggest trends!
College admissions are getting personal.
At hundreds of universities nationwide, admissions officers are questioning the value of traditional test scores like the SAT and ACT. They’re realizing that a one-day test score doesn’t tell them much about your aptitude for success in college, career, or life. And that’s great! At Cirkled In, we believe that you are more than a test score and should be evaluated on the basis of your holistic strengths, talents, and interests. And colleges agree!
Over 1000 colleges and universities have already made the SAT/ACT optional, and are moving towards a review of each candidate as a “whole person.” These colleges are part of a group known as “TOP Colleges,” which stands for “Test-Optional Policy Colleges.”
But without traditional metrics of evaluation like test scores, how are colleges making admissions decisions? How do they get that holistic view of you that they want? Unfortunately, lacking any other option, some admissions officers are looking at your personal social media to learn more about you. And we all know that Snapchat wasn’t exactly designed to help you get into college.
So these days, it’s more important than ever to tell your whole story in a professional and authentic way and to make that easily available to the colleges of your choice. Especially if you decide to apply to a TOP college, you’ll want to showcase your unique skills, experiences, and interests in an easy-to-access way in order to give yourself the best chance of standing out.
One way to do that is to create a free portfolio on Cirkled In, a “storytelling platform” that enables you to highlight yourself and your life narrative in one secure place, then share it along with your college or job applications. On Cirkled In, you compile all your activities, both inside and outside of school, complete with your pictures, videos, awards, and recommendations, so that admissions officers and hiring managers can easily learn all about what makes you unique.
And Cirkled In is completely private and secure - no one will see your profile unless you choose to share it, or unless you match with a college in our network. You can start your Cirkled In profile in any grade and keep adding to it all the way through college. And it’s yours to keep forever.
In the new era of personalized college admissions, it’s essential to tell YOUR story in YOUR way.