A hand drawn sun graphic. Hand drawn bird graphics.

What do private schools look for in applicants?

Last updated: 
October 24, 2023

Private schools are looking to admit students who are a good fit for their schools. What does this mean, exactly? From an academic standpoint, schools seek students whose aptitude and interests align with their programs. For this reason, prospective students should research the school’s offerings and come to the admission interview prepared to articulate how it aligns with their interests. 

Schools also seek well-rounded students whose values fit their mission and culture. Through admissions, they are cultivating a community, and they look closely at each student’s extracurricular and academic enrichment portfolio to understand how they will participate in and contribute to the community. 

In the community-building process, schools also value students with diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds to foster an environment where students understand and learn from each other’s worldviews.

Keep in mind that the application process is a two-way street. Our Private School Search allows you to filter by location; academic, athletic, art, and extracurricular programs; religious affiliation; and more to discover right-fit schools that match your preferences.

Learn more:

Save 14 hours or more applying with the Standard Application Online.
Get Started!

Let’s get going!

A hand drawn graphic of two rabbits running.

Save time applying to private schools with the Standard Application Online. Apply to any of over 400 participating schools with one set of documentation and a single student essay.