This term refers to one or several unique characteristics that may set a student apart from the rest of the applicant pool. It is that little distinction, or “hook” that makes a student’s college application stand out. Some examples of “hooks” include ethnic heritage, socioeconomic status, first-generation college student, demonstrated leadership, geographic diversity (see this term above), national distinction (AP Scholar, National Hispanic Scholar, Intel or Siemens finalist or winner, etc.), special talents (First Chair Cellist, State-Level Chess Champion, etc.), or a Legacy (see term for definition).