Rule #1 of College Applications: The Sooner The Better
When it comes time for the high schooler to apply for college starting the summer after Junior year, the sooner you get started on your university admission process the better. Of course, putting together a serious application starts earlier with all of the hard work that is expected to be reflected on the application if you want to get into a prestigious institution. But the main points here are that you should start early, as some schools have early rolling admissions (the less competitive schools), and education grant dollars are often all used up before late comers file their applications.
Rule #2 of College Applications: Make A Serious Complete Application
In addition, the student should take time to carefully put together a resume’ that teachers can use for recommendation letters, and he or she should also develop thoughtful and well written college essays on the application. A serious application is one where the student has completed all the required information, arranged for transcripts to be sent from school, signed up to have ACT or SAT scores sent to the college, well constructed essays included, as well as thoughtful answers to what has been achieved in and outside of school, and finally inclusion of any additional information that is requested by the college such as supplemental AP test scores or ACT/SAT subject I/II tests. In other words, deliver a complete package as early as possible.
Guarantee Acceptance Into My First Choice For College
There are never any guarantees that a university will select you. Some of the best and brightest get turned down each year at prestigious colleges as the competition is very tough at the highest levels. The work that the student does during the first three years of high school are largely the deciding factor (If you are reading this before high school prepare early). Here are some critical factors for getting into top notch schools:
- Course Rigor – Honors Classes? AP Classes?
- SAT/ACT Test Scores
- SAT/ACT Subject Test Scores Beyond Basic Test -
- AP Test Scores
- National Recognition For Achievement (Academics, Athletics, Business etc)
- Regional Recognition For Achievement
- State Recognition For Achievement
- Local Recognition For Achievement (Obviously the larger the geographic area the greater the weight)
- Significant Accomplishments (wrote and published a book, wrote for city newspaper, raised money for charity etc.)
- Personal Development – What Do You Offer Besides Excellent Academics – What About You Sets You Apart and Demonstrates That You Will Contribute To The University Beyond Taking Classes
- Passions – What Are You Passionate About And What Have You Done To Develop This Passion
Prestigious Schools Look Beyond GPA, Test Scores, Class Rank
Don’t Put Too Much Pressure On Getting Into College