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Preparing for College Admissions

Preparing For College Admissions

The college admissions process can be an overwhelming experience for new students and a “wake up call” for the life changing step from high school to college. The first thing to consider is admissions requirements. Each college has different requirements for who they admit to enroll at their school. Admission requirements commonly factor in test scores, grade point average, and prep courses. It’s important to know the requirements and make sure you meet all the requirements before applying for enrollment.

The second thing to consider is the college application. You want to set yourself apart from the pack when filling out a college application. College applications often include essays, letters of recommendation, portfolios of work, and interviews. Essays are critical to your application. Essays let the decision makers at the enrollment office know why you are interested in attending their college and if you are the type of person and the type of student they want to allow in. When writing your essays be sure to include any good works you have done such as volunteer work and any clubs and extra-curricular activities in which you participate. Try to represent yourself as a very well rounded individual who is actively involved in your community.

Letters of recommendation are very important as well. You can’t control what people say about you in their letters, but you can control who you ask. Be smart when making the decision of which people to ask for letters of recommendation. Only ask those people who will help your cause and say good things about you, and make sure those people have good written communication skills and good grammar.

On campus interviews are a great opportunity to win over the decision makers of the schools. Not all colleges offer campus interviews, so if the college you are applying to does you need to take advantage of the situation. Generally speaking the campus interview is not the biggest factor, but it could be your opportunity to tip the scales in your favor. Speaking in a one-on-one environment is your chance to make a great impression and provide the interviewer additional information about yourself that may have been left out of your application. Present yourself as confident and competent as well as humble and respectful.

10 Tips to Get Into College

Here are 10 Tips to Help You Get Into College

  1. Take high school seriously from start to finish.  Schedule classes that will challenge you but that are still easy enough for you to get an A or a B.
  2. Make sure you have a good cumulative Grade Point Average over the life of your high school career.  If you goofed off your freshman year and had a C average then you need to dig deep and make up for it the rest of the time you have left.  Some colleges screen applicants based on a four year GPA in high school.
  3. Get good references.  Only ask for recommendation letters from teachers and school officials that you are certain will give you a good recommendation.  A single negative recommendation can blow it for you, so choose wisely.
  4. Volunteer.  Volunteering looks great on a college application, especially if you are volunteering with academic related activities such as tutoring.
  5. Run for leadership positions within your school.  Any titles are good ones, but student council is great and class president will earn you big bonus points.
  6. Narrow down your future career field.  Focus on what you like and what you are good at.  Think about jobs you would like to do for the next 25 years.  Anticipate how those job fields may evolve in the future.  Don’t pick something you will get burnt out with a few years down the road.  Once you’ve made your choice start focusing on that field.  Take classes related to that career field and volunteer within the school and community in that field as well.
  7. Make a great resume.  It’s important to have good grammar throughout.  Be professional and don’t leave anything to chance.  Impress them with every opportunity.
  8. Prepare and study hard for the ACT and SAT exams.  Take the SAT multiple times if you need to, to get the highest score possible.  Take prep classes to prepare for the SAT.  It will be time well spent.
  9. When writing essays put a lot of thought into them.  Have strong opening paragraphs and strong closing paragraphs.  Let the admissions officer know you mean business.  As we mentioned above, make sure your grammar is good and there are no typos. Proofread, edit, and double check everything.
  10. Prepare yourself for your face to face interview with the college admissions officer.  Anticipate what they may ask you and practice answering their questions.  Remain calm and relaxed.  Be sharp, but poised.  Dress nice and be well groomed.  Make the best impression you can.

Take these ten tips seriously and you will be well on your way to getting accepted to the college of your choice.