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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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Rachel’s Answer

When applying to colleges, I would recommend considering whether you are willing to pay the tuition at that particular school. Student loan debt can get out of control very quickly. I agree with all of the above suggestions to improve your application, but finances should also be considered.
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Tracey’s Answer

Hi Joy,

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.

Good luck.

Hi Tracey, Thank you for your suggestion. Now I have a more thorough plan in my mind now. Appreciate your help! Joy Z.
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Richard’s Answer

Play to your strengths. Don't pretend to be something you are not. Tailor your application to the school to which you are applying. Research to school so your application makes sense. For example when applying to a school known for liberal arts school don't tout your love of science

Proofread your essays. Maybe even get outside help polishing up your essays.

Take a prep course for the SAT or ACT if necessary.
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Nancy’s Answer

Joy,

Tracey outlined application steps well. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid:

  1. Misspelling
  2. Incorrectly naming the college you are applying to
  3. Not having someone proofread your essays for good grammar
  4. Not playing up your accomplishments enough. If you have been a leader in an activity or on a team, say how!
  5. Not expressing how the college you are applying to is appropriate for your goals
  6. Not describing challenging or extenuating circumstances you have faced which may have impacted your grades
  7. 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
  8. 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:

This is time to put your best foot forward and to brag a bit about what you have done and where you plan to go!
Identify a proofreader you trust, such as an English teacher, to check your essays.
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EmilyAnn’s Answer

I really struggled with the application process myself. My best advice would be to apply to a range of schools - ones that you will realistically get into (safeties), ones that are ideal choices that you have a decent shot at getting into and match your credentials, and then finally some reach schools that you wouldn't count on getting into but would love to take a shot at. Start applying early so that you have time to really put out your best work and show interest! Some schools prioritize designated interest (going on tours, open houses, asking questions, etc) while others don't. Also, definitely considered what the financials would look like. Don't necessarily rule out expensive schools if you think you would be awarded a scholarship, but sometimes the costs don't really hit you until you are looking at the number on your acceptance letter.
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