Hey guys! Welcome back. This is for high school students or anyone else looking to begin the college application process. And let me tell you it is a process. Every school you apply to is different and they should be treated as such. They have different expectations, different options, different statistics, different styles, etc. So your best bet is to figure all that out first.
Tip #1: Visit campuses.
It makes things easier if you have seen the campus. Making a decision on where to go will ultimately help sway your opinion and what your final decision is.
Tip #2: Apply early.
This doesn’t necessarily help your chances of being accepted, but the sooner you get it finished, the less stress you will have.
Tip #3: Include your extracurricular activities.
These help you stand out from the hundreds of other applicants. Plus it always helps colleges know what you are interested in and what you can offer the college.
Tip #4: Be neat and organized.
This isn’t such an issue if you fill out your applications online. However, you need to keep a good structure, stay consistent, and use good grammar.
Tip #5: Spend a great amount of time on the essay portion.
Not all colleges require you to write an essay. If the college(s) you are applying to do there is probably a good reason. They are looking for something more than the logistics of what is asked of you on the initial application. If you want an entire post on this let me know in the comments and I would be happy to do it.
Tips #6: Be creative.
Let yourself shine. Don’t go overboard, but don’t tell them what they want to hear. Talk about your accomplishments and the things you were a part of, both inside and outside of high school.
Tips #7: Be honest.
Talk about yourself in a positive way, but don’t fabricate it. Tell the truth. Don’t say you did something you didn’t or you are a part of something you weren’t a part of.
Tip #8: Complete the entire application.
This may seem like a given, but leaving even just a few questions blank could throw you off completely. Everything asked on the application is vitally essential. It is important that you complete it in its entirety before submitting it.
Tip #9: Don’t forget the essential documents.
The application itself is important, but it’s not the only thing they need. You need to attach the essay (if applicable), your high school transcript, previous college transcripts (if applicable), and letters of recommendation. Most colleges will not even look at your application until they have all required documents.
Tip #10: Get awesome letters of recommendation.
Chances are you can find at least one person willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. It could be a church member, a former teacher, a coach, or a former boss.
Tips #11: Apply to multiple schools.
It’s always good to have options. If you think you know where you want to go, it’s still always god to have a coupe of backups.
Those are my tips for applying to college. I hope this was somewhat helpful. If it was please like this and let me know in the comments. Also, let me know any requests you have and I’ll get those scheduled ASAP. Thank you so much for reading. Don’t forget to follow before you leave. Also look us up on social media and I will see you next time!