what are some advice to give when students apply for colleges?
students always have trouble going through the application process. What are some good suggestions for students who are struggling with college application? What things should they watch out or keep in mind?
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Congrats on making the big step to attend college. The application process is not as hard as you think. Some schools have online applications and you can pay the application fee online. If the school of your choice does not, its best to ask what the application requirements are. More often than not, the send interested students a brochure with every you need listed out and deadline dates for early acceptance and regular acceptance.
What you can do is the following:
Make sure that you take the SAT and ACT.
Arrange with your high school counselor or college coach to send your transcript to the schools of your choice in the fall of your senior year.
Send recommendation letters and essay(s) in one package to the university/college. They normall have an address where you can send all admissions items.
It's not hard to finish the application process once you know exactly what the university/college needs from you.
Proofread your essays. Maybe even get outside help polishing up your essays.
Take a prep course for the SAT or ACT if necessary.
Tracey outlined application steps well. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid:
- Incorrectly naming the college you are applying to
- Not having someone proofread your essays for good grammar
- Not playing up your accomplishments enough. If you have been a leader in an activity or on a team, say how!
- Not expressing how the college you are applying to is appropriate for your goals
- Not describing challenging or extenuating circumstances you have faced which may have impacted your grades
- Not applying to some colleges that are a good fit based on your grades and standardized test scores as compared to those of students they typically admit
- Not describing your strengths and qualities that will make you an asset to have on campus. Say how you love to do research, or that you are the first to volunteer to answer questions in class, or that you enjoy interacting with diverse peers if those things are true of you, for example.
Nancy recommends the following next steps: