What You Need To Get Into College

The idea of going to college is a scary thought for most high school students.  Particularly, the college admissions process can be daunting.

Many students don’t know where to begin or what you need to get into college.  If you’re not sure where to begin, this article will help you get started.

Here are some things that you can focus your attention on when trying to figure out what you need to get into college:


Your grades are important.  Most colleges like to admit students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher.  Having good grades demonstrates to the college admissions committee that you have mastered your high school curriculum and are ready to move on to college-level courses.

ACT/SAT Scores.

Your ACT/SAT Scores are also an important piece to the college admissions process.

What ACT/ACT score do you need to get into college?  According to http://www.act.org, the ACT national average composite score in 2009 was 20.9.

The average score on the SAT varies by subject area.  You can visit this website to see the various 2009 average scores by subject area.

Keep in mind that these are only “averages.”  You should aim for a score that is higher than that of those listed.


Become a well-rounded student.  Let’s face it, competition is stiff and today’s high school students are very intelligent.  You’ll be competing against these students when you apply to college.

The college admissions committee cares about more than just your grades.  They want to see students who are well-rounded.  Graduating with a 4.0 GPA is great, but doing so while also being the captain of the volleyball team or president of student council is even more impressive.


There are tons of colleges and universities out there made up of all different shapes and sizes.  Start researching your options now so that when it’s time to apply, you’ll have a good idea of what schools you’re interested in.

Where should you do your research?  A great place to start is a website called Petersons.com.  This website will allow you to search all types of schools using your own personalized search criteria.

I’m confident that if you start with these 4 things, you’ll be well on your way to getting into the college or university of your choice.

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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.

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