Not only do these certifications add to the college application but they add to your professional CV as well. I know my next piece of advice will not be extremely popular amongst this thread, but you are at a very interesting fork along your career. IT is one of those fields you really do not need a degree in to pursue, certification will hold those weight in gold as it proves to the employer you have passed a standard approved by your trade. Talk to your instructor, and seek his advice on this as well. Picking up certificates and starting from the ground up may be more humbling and offer you a better set of skills then trying to decide now what you want to be when you grow up. Oddly enough I speak from experience, my BS is in Software Engineering, I am now a vessels systems engineer and mainly specialize in security and server platforms. Yes my degree helped me get my job, but I started as tech support and worked up to my position. You can do the same with the certificates and not have the debt you would if you went to college.