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College Application Strategies: Conquering The College Application Process

First, watch your deadlines carefully: The importance of applying to college early

Each application is printed with the date it was received by the Admissions Office. Once the institution is ready to accept applications for the upcoming program, it is best for you to complete your application in the admissions office. I emphasize that the application package was completed as quickly as possible with the help of your guidance office. As a student, you and your parents must ensure that the school receives your application, essay, SAT/ACT scores, letters of recommendation and any other supporting documents as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to check with the admissions office to ensure that your application is complete. Don’t assume your application is complete until you check it yourself.

Colleges and universities will read those completed applications they receive first. You will benefit from being one of the first applications to be considered for admission. Towards the end of the applicant pool, these institutions will become more selective, which will reduce your chances of admission, especially if your profile is not very strong in that year’s applicant pool. The admissions process boils down to the strength and depth of the applicant pool for that particular year. It’s not personal, it’s a numbers game.

I cannot overemphasize the importance of submitting applications by the stated deadlines. “The early bird catches the worm” is a saying that fits the admissions process.

The Importance of a Good and Relevant Article: Make Sure Your Article is Well Written

By this time of year, (in the fall) you should have your dissertation completed and checked by your English teacher. Your personal essay is your opportunity to put your application front and center. As long as you write a good essay, you can bring your application to life. Your article needs to be well written and relevant. It should be your extension. It should also be about you or something very important to you. It should shed some light on you as a college admissions candidate. It can make or break your admissions chances. Don’t confuse your personal essay with the short essay you may have to write for some college applications.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket: make sure you apply to at least two (2) safe schools

My annoyance is the lack of consideration for safe schools, as most people will consider and spend a lot of time researching your school and the schools in your profile, but not the schools you are most likely to attend . When you apply to schools, make sure you have a serious conversation with your parents about paying for the schools or schools on your list. You want to have a clear idea of ​​what schools you and your parents can afford with little or no help at all. I implore you to seriously have this conversation with your parents because you don’t want to be scrambling to find an affordable school in May of your senior year. One or more schools that you can get into and can afford are the most important schools on your list.

You should apply to at least two safe schools, two schools in your profile and at least two schools where your pie in the sky (if you get in and get enough financial aid, you will). To determine your safe school, you and your parents should obtain an estimated expected family contribution figure before applying to college.

Take advantage of any situation that differentiates your application from the general application: highlight any part of your profile that will give you an edge over current applicants

Finally, before you apply to college, you and your parents should sit down and brainstorm any situations that might help you with the admissions process. I also recommend that you sit down with your guidance counselor and double-check anything you do to maximize your chances of acceptance. Keep in mind that any unique situation that can help you get into a school that might consider a long shot because of your academic background might also offer you an excellent financial aid package. These unique circumstances or talents can be anything from sports, performing arts, special abilities, race and family circumstances. You should play whatever cards God has given you to advance your future. Even if you have a small minority (for example, you might be ¼ Indian), don’t be afraid to use a race card. Elite colleges and universities are always trying to recruit talented minorities to their campuses because they want to have a diverse campus. One of my sons benefited from the above (sports and competition).

Conquering the college application process is easy if you work closely with your guidance counselor and provide information on my website below.

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