Holistic review in college admission

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Holistic review is an admissions practice used principally by institutes of higher education[1] that ensures that applicants will be evaluated not merely on quantitive criteria (such as standardized test scores or GPA) but will be examined as complete individuals, with regard to various factors potentially including their personality, their extracurricular activities, and/or prior accomplishments.

Common criteria for holistic review[edit]

Demonstrated interest[edit]


  1. Coleman, Arthur; Keith, Jamie (2018). "Understanding Holistic Review in Higher Education Admissions" (PDF). College Board. Retrieved 5 May 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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