Instead of well-rounded students, today colleges are looking to create well-rounded classes. An environment populated by a diverse group of people is both conducive to learning and just plain fun.
To this end, schools try to recruit students who represent a variety of interests, experiences, talents, and skills as well as geographic, racial, and cultural diversity. There are two lessons to be drawn from this information. First, students need to start exploring their interests in the first year or so of high school, then dive deeply into those activities during their junior and senior years. Second, presenting yourself authentically in your college applications is paramount; whatever makes you you may be just the thing that those schools are looking for.