I would disagree with two of the above posters on small points
1. Any study released within the past decade is probably not as "dated" as some claim. The WCS may have slight adjustments but the overall concept and proportional weight remain in the ballpark for utilization..
The RAND report analyzes data from graduation years 1992 to 2001.
I would again say having applied to programs in that period that the overall metrics really are not that different.
Academics- Definitely still would say there is a band of excellence focused in order on test scores, course intensity (weight of APs/IB) and GPA
Athletics- Keys being 1. Participation and receiving a letter 2. Superlatives (state/district/regional champion),
Physical capability- DODMERB, CFA/PFT scores
Leadership- Extracurricular, Boys/Girls state, volunteer, work experience
I don't and haven't seen in over 20 years of being a part of this process significant changes in what is sought or what is produced. A successful candidate in 1999 probably looks a lot like a candidate in 2019.