How To Get Accepted Into College

As you begin your junior year of high school, figuring out how to get accepted into college will most likely be at the top of your priority list.

With classes, extracurricular activities, and your part-time jobs in full swing, many of us wonder how we are going to fit the college application process into our already full schedule.

  • Which College Is For You?

Before you can figure out how to get accepted into college, you first need to figure out what college you want to attend.  How do you figure this out, you ask?  The first step is to consider your options and do your research.  Do you want to go to a large Big Ten school or a small liberal arts college?  Do you want to stay close to home or go far away?  Do you think you’d prefer large lecture hall classes or small intimate classes? Do you want to live on campus or at home?

I realize that this may all seem overwhelming at first glance, but don’t worry, there are people out there to help support you as you try to figure out how to get accepted into college.  Don’t be afraid to talk to people who are close to you (i.e. your parents, school counselors, teachers, coaches, or friends).  These are the people who know you best and who could probably provide the most valuable input.

  • Create A List 

Once you’ve created a list of schools that you think you’d be interested in attending, visit their website.  Find out what their admissions requirements are.  You should make sure that you know the answers to the following questions: What cumulative GPA, ACT/SAT scores, or essays do they require?  Can you apply online?  How much are application fees? When is the application deadline?  Based on this information, determine if it is feasible for you to apply and how likely it is that you will be admitted.

  • Are Virtual Campus Tours An Option?

Also, see if there is an option for you to take a virtual tour of the campus online.  This will allow you to visit the campus without taking on the expenses associated with visiting in-person.  In addition to the campus itself, most virtual campus tours also allow you to even see the dining areas and what a freshman dorm room will look like.

  • It’s Time To Fill Out Those Applications!

Once you’ve done your research and really figured out what schools you would like to apply to, then you should move forward with the application process.  If the school does not have an option to apply online, you can visit their website and print out a hard copy of their application.  Keep in mind that you will be competing against high school students from all over the globe, so it is important that you take your time when filling out your application.  I cannot stress this enough.

Here are some items to keep in mind as you’re filling out your application:

  • Make sure your handwriting is legible and that you don’t have any misspelled words.
  • Have someone review your application and essays before you mail it out.
  • Pay close attention to the application due dates, this will help avoid the stress of having to rush through the application process.

Once you complete the application, do one final review to make sure that you’ve included all of the documentation that they’ve requested (i.e. essays, transcripts, ACT scores, etc.)  Remember, you want to put your best foot forward and show the admissions committee why you deserve to be accepted into their college.

If you follow these steps, I’m sure you’ll have no problems with getting accepted into college.  Good Luck!

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TheCollegeHelper

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 specializes in college and career consulting.

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  • Nissyoki Choel on August 4, 2011

    I’m currently worried about college because of many factors but I would like help with one in particular which is “getting involved” to this I have to ask do classes and/or activities I took before count or only the ones during high school and do the have to be official as in sponsored or managed by another school or company, or can they just be by one’s own passion and motivation?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      Hi Nissyoki – Thanks for your comment!

      Yes, the classes and activities you took before high school will count, but the admissions committee will mostly focus on your involvement during high school. You are free to choose whatever activity you want to participate in…it doesn’t have to be “official” or sponsored by another school or company, it can be whatever you’re interested in or passionate about. It could be sports, volunteer work, etc.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

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