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How we evaluate applications

At Morris, we want to get to know you as an applicant. This is why we look at a full range of factors, and why we encourage you to visit and meet with an admissions counselor. Here’s a list of the aspects we consider.

Primary review factors:

  • Successful school performance, including high school or college coursework, grades received, high school rank percentile (if calculated) and grade point average
  • Standardized test scores, including ACT and/or SAT
  • Successful completion of a college preparatory curriculum
  • Strength of the curriculum through high school graduation, including courses that exceed the core subject requirements and any advanced courses (e.g., honors, AP, IB, college level)

Secondary review factors:

  • ACT/SAT writing test results
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview
  • Evidence of exceptional achievement, aptitude, or personal accomplishment not reflected in the academic record or standardized test scores
  • Participation in extracurricular college preparatory programs (e.g., MEP, PSEO, Talent Search, Admission Possible, Upward Bound, and other programs)
  • Evidence of exceptional talent or ability in artistic, scholarly, leadership, or athletic performance
  • Evidence that enrollment would enhance the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial, or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of exceptional motivation, maturity, or responsibility
  • Outstanding high school or community involvement
  • Work experience, paid or unpaid
  • Size of graduating class
  • Evidence of having overcome social, economic, or physical barriers to educational achievement
  • Extenuating circumstances