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Getting Into the College of Your Dreams

GETTING INTO THE COLLEGE OF YOUR DREAMS You've been dreaming of going away to a top college since you started high school, but is your GPA alone enough to get you there? Find out how to increase your chances of acceptance and find out if the school you've been dreaming of really is the right one for you. CHOOSING YOUR DREAM COLLEGE START Research is key when choosing your dream school. Choose wisely, and pick the school of your dreams, not someone else's dreams. Do your best but don't overwork yourself to get into a school you know you can't afford. Structure your schedule to play to your strengths. Know your school - research its values, the classes and courses it offers, and the score expectations you will need to meet. Decide to take challenging high school classes related to your future college major rather than an easy subject just to get a higher grade. BUILDING YOUR SCHEDULE Spend your Get involved in your local community by volunteering. summer Selecting the right subjects and extra-curricular activities is important for working toward your career path. While your choices are not set in stone for the rest of your life, it is important to build a path that shows both clear direction and a well-rounded and hard-working attitude. doing an internship or unpaid work experience to start building your resume. Build your schedule based on your academic performance as well as your personal goals and values. 123 Do at least 2 years of a foreign language. Consider Stay committed to your clubs Do all 4 years of English, plus as much math gaining external professional Choose a creative subject such as art, music or drama to demonstrate diversity. as you can. credentials and activities and work such as a first aid course or your way up to a becoming a certified lifeguard. CLUB leadership role. JOIN Take at least one AP class in 3 of these areas: Math, English, Science, History, Languages. Join clubs that will contribute to Starting your own club shows your chosen career path, in both skill building and peer/tutor recommendations. leadership and initiative. Get to know key individuals INCREASE YOUR ODDS at the YOUR SCHOOLS college you choose, and Improve your chances by knowing your schools, and prepare your backup choices with as much effort as your dream choices. Impress your interviewer and remember that taking the time to get to know the people involved in your application process, as well as the college you are applying for, can go a long way. Choose 3 dream introduce schools that you would love to go to and that suit your career goals. yourself. Choose 2 safety schools that you would be happy at and could get a good scholarship. Choose 1 state school that is affordable and close to home. Be specific in detailing your goals and interests If you've overcome hardship or struggle in your life, highlight this in your application and detail how you overcame it. rather than writing about a general love of a subject. THE TOP TEN THINGS THAT COLLEGES LOOK FOR IN YOU Explain yourself if you've done poorly on your ACT and SAT tests, but have Get recommendations from your chosen school's alumni as well as your AP class teachers. A Great Essay & Interview GPA & Class Rank Involvement & Initiative Awards & Achievements a high GPA. Standardized Test Scores Challenging Subjects Be unique and be yourself, don't just write on Extracurricular Activities Recommendations Find out about what you think they & Special scholarships and apply if you excel in a field that offers one. Talents Community Activity & Work Experience Personality Strong Character & Great want to hear. Take practice tests, prep courses, and join study groups. Finish on the best note you can. Try not to stress out and take some time to enjoy your last days of high school with your friends. WORK HARD BUT ENJOY THE MOMENT Your high school years are almost over so keep up a high standard of work, but take time to enjoy them while they last. Good luck! Start studying early - don't leave it to the last minute! Find some part-time work that will benefit your career choice, such as an internship or assistant position. Have some fun and take short Stay positive and remember that however things turn out, life does not end after high school. It begins. breaks. Online END Information Provided By: Sources:,,,,,,,,,,, STEP 3 - The application process STEP 2 - Taking classes and joining clubs STEP 1 - Researching and planning STEP 4 - Getting ready

Getting Into the College of Your Dreams

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For students today, getting into the college of their dreams begins freshman year of high school (or sooner). Students must work hard, take the right classes and couple it with quality extra curricula...


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