Applying to College

Many colleges use an index, a combination of your GPA and ACT/SAT test scores, to determine eligibility for admission and scholarships. For an example of a college index, click here.

Different schools (and states) calculate the index score differently, but the criteria used remain generally the same: this index combines students’ grades, perhaps their ranking within their school, and standard test scores (SAT, ACT, etc.) into one actual number. Some schools look at other factors as well when calculating this index, including sports, race, musicianship — along with, perhaps, other outstanding credentials.