How to Build a Strong Academic Record. Your Academic Record Will Define How Your Application Will Be Viewed by the Schools to Which You Apply. [How the University of Pennsylvania Reviews the Academic Record of Each Applicant]


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#069 – The information in your high school transcripts is the first element of your college application that will be scrutinized by the college admission officers of the colleges to which you will apply. The classes you took, the grades you earned, and your GPA, will all come together to give them an idea of how prepared you are for college. On this episode, Jankel and I explore this and everything else related to your academic record. At the beginning of the episode, we explore the reasons why your academic record is so important to your chances for admission. We also discuss the choices a student has if the academic record of that student has not been the best. The truth is, even when students have had a poor academic record, there is a lot they can do to fix it and strengthen themselves academically, to enjoy much better chances for admission. We continue our talk by going over a very important and often-misunderstood subject; the required high school courses for different colleges and universities, may be slightly different. Not knowing those differences may severely limit a student’s chance for admission. We compare the course requirements to grauate from high school in California, as well as the high school course requirements for admission into schools within the California State University system, UCLA, and Stanford University. Towards the end, we explore a video presented by the Admissions Department at the University of Pennsylvania, which explains the details of how they analyze each applicant’s academic record and their overall preparation for success at the university. The video was very rich and confirmed plenty of the information we have been sharing with our audience since our first episode. You can find the show notes to this episode at You can help our show greatly by telling others about us and by leaving us a positive review and 5-star rating on the platform you used to download this episode. That will be very helpful to our efforts to help high school students and parents through the college admission process. Thank you!

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