There's no one perfect way to get into college! Everyone is different, and different schools consider different things. I'd say that if you really want to look good on your applications, get good grades! Try and be part of your school's honor society and also do AP/IB courses if you can. Also, focus on your SAT score. A great SAT score can get you very far!
Make sure to get involved in a lot of extracurriculars, like community service, clubs, sports, music, leadership, etc. All of these things show that you're a very well-rounded student who can succeed in all aspects of university. It definitely helps if you have a website/social media or a business that you're doing on the side to generate income! Don't be afraid to include all of the activities that you've done on your resume and application when you apply. More is better when you apply college! Another thing to consider is your personal statement/essay. This can make or break your application. I know students who had perfect grades, but didn't bother to edit their personal statements and got rejected from schools that they thought they'd get into. Just make sure that someone looks over your application and be well-rounded (:
Great job for thinking about what makes an ideal applicant for college!
I would recommend:
Being involved in extracurricular activities and gaining leadership experience.
Also, volunteering and this could easily be an essay for some college applications.
Showing that you are passionate about things outside of school. For example, did you start your own business, podcast, etc.
More importantly, you should try your best with classes and get the highest grades you can because most colleges look into this!
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