The order is usually GPA, SAT, activities, and then essay/interview. For all schools I visited, the most important factor is GPA with the evidence of taking the most challenging courses offered at school.
If you can show you extend yourself to take online advanced course not available at your school, that is a plus. My son took a EPGY advanced math course after AP Calculus BC at school. His college did accept the EPGY credit, that is a bonus for time and money saved.
The book Making it into a top college by Howard Greene, and Matthew Greene is a good guidebook.
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