How to get accepted into a college/university?
As a sophomore in high school, how can I improve my chances of getting accepted into a college? (extracurriculars, awards, classes, internships, passion, etc) Thank you!
Many high school students fill their days with extracurricular activities and work tireless hours to achieve a perfect GPA in hopes of getting into their top-choice college. While academic performance and extracurricular activities are important in the admissions process, colleges also consider other factors, including whether a student will be a positive addition to the campus community, experts say.
Here are six tips from admissions staff on ways to set yourself apart from other college applicants:
- Have a diverse list of extracurricular activities. Every student has something they are passionate about, whether that's music, theater, writing, sports, community engagement, politics or activism. But to stand out from their peers, applicants need to diversify their resume.
- Challenge yourself. Experts advise college applicants to challenge themselves in high school. But that doesn't mean a student's schedule needs to be filled with all honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. Students can take an additional course subject outside of the standard requirements, for instance.
- Go beyond the norm in a college essay. Colleges are looking for adaptability and resilience in an applicant, and that can be showcased in the application essay. Speak generally about your experiences and then going beyond, such as describing how you stepped up to help your family or community members during the height of the pandemic for example. Remember, it's not just about finding the "perfect" subject to write about. Admissions officers also pay attention to the writing, so take the time to review before submission to avoid grammar or spelling mistakes.
- Show grades trending up. Academic performance is one of many factors considered in the college application process. But grade slips can happen, whether due to a death in the family, struggles with mental health, difficulty adjusting to high school or other personal reasons. That's OK, experts say, but it's important to show upward progression.
- Demonstrate interest in the college. You can express interest in a school in several ways, such as taking a college tour either in person or virtually; visiting with an admissions representative who comes to their high school; or engaging in an email exchange with an admissions staff member to seek out more information about the school.
- Schedule an interview if possible. An admissions interview is not required or even conducted at every college, but it can provide more insight into who you are as an applicant.
Have a great personal statement, it doesn’t have to be a pity party, but think about a time that developed you as a person and try to incorporate it in there .
one is to concentrate on your grades so you grade point average is impressive 3/0 or higher but at the same time what do u do for fun ,or for the community as this well help prospective colleges see u are well rounded individual .Start looking and applying in jr year because they gets them looking at you sooner then later. But the most important thing is to enjoy high school it flies by fast do the clubs, the dances whatever you like because what you like well ultimately lead to a major and/or a minor!!Good luck and happy studies!
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