Helping Your Child Get Accepted To Their Dream College

1. Love At First Sight – Yes, there is such a thing as “love at first sight” when it comes to the college selection process. If you’re a parent with a college-bound high school student, you’ll likely be visiting a lot of college campuses in the near future. Pay close attention to your child’s reaction when they first step foot on campus.

First impressions can be important in the college decision-making process. If your child’s first reaction is one of excitement and they say things like, “I can really see myself here!” then you’ll know that this college could potentially be a good fit. On the other hand, if your child’s first reaction is one of apprehensiveness, then you know that you guys should probably keep searching.

2. It’s NOT About You! – The first thing that every parent who has a child heading off to college soon must remember is that it’s NOT about you! I don’t care if you are a Duke alumni and it’d be great if your child went to blah blah school… because none of that matters! The sooner you realize that this process is not about you, the more help you’ll be to your future college student. Once you get this crazy thought out of your head, then you’ll be able to focus more on their desires. And your child will most likely notice this change in your behavior also.

3. Ask Probing Questions – You know your child the best. If they seem really hung up on a few colleges, you can help them identify the pro’s and con’s and ultimately lead them to making the best decision for them. If you ask probing questions, the pro’s and con’s will likely be brought to light on their own.

Examples of probing questions would be: What do you like best about X school? What makes you feel at home about Y school? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of attending Z school? This will get your child to start thinking about what he or she likes or dislikes about each college.

If you follow these steps, you’ll be sure to help your child get accepted into his or her dream college.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

3 Responses to “Helping Your Child Get Accepted To Their Dream College”

  • Sandra on March 31, 2012

    I think your site is absolutely wonderful! My daughter’s dream college is UVA where her father went. She is a Jr. in the IB Program at her high school and has a 4.0 GPA unweighted, 5.2 weighted average, a varsity cheerleader, served on the newspaper, a Girl Scout, plays the flute, takes dance and sings in the Youth choir at church. In addition, she was inducted into the National Honor Society and has been named a Jr. Marshall. All of her classes are AP/IB along with Honors Spanish IV. My daughter made a 30 on the ACT. Will she be a good candidate for UVA? We understand that UVA is one of the most difficult public universities to get accepted into. We appreciate any suggestions.
    Thank you,

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on April 2, 2012

      Hi Sandra,

      Thanks for visiting our site and I’m glad you find it helpful! We work really hard to provide students with quality and useful content.

      I think your daughter is a great candidate for UVA. The average ACT score for admitted students is between a 28 and 30. 92% of incoming freshman have a 3.75 GPA or higher and 91% of incoming freshman rank in the top 10 percent of their class. Based on the information you provided, it seems like she meets or exceeds these requirements. Also, since her father attended the school, she’ll have an additional advantage.

      Good luck! We hope you come back and visit us soon!

  • Sandra on April 7, 2012

    Hi College Helper:

    Thank you for such quick reply. We live in NC and my daughter is planning to apply to UNC-CH as well. There are many colleges to consider however; she is having a difficult time trying to decide where else to apply. Her dream college, as I have stated, is UVA but knows she needs to apply for a few other schools. She doesn’t want to go too faraway from our home (triad area of NC) and wants to major in history and English. With the two schools she has in mind, do you have any other suggestions that might be options? Once again, thank you for your help!

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