2011 School Guide
(page 3 of 3)
Stand Out in the Admissions Process
To help get through to the college admissions boards at your “dream” school, here’s some advice:
• Don’t even think about coasting during your senior year. When deciding whether or not to accept an applicant, grades count. Good grades in challenging classes look even better.
• Study up for the ACT or SAT. It’s not “just a test.” If you don’t get the score you want the first time, hire a tutor.
• Stand out from the crowd by addressing each school directly. Personalize your admissions letter and resumé by finding your “selling point.” Take the time to craft a well-written, insightful, personal essay. Elaborate with specific examples.
• Do your research by looking at the school’s admissions website. Does it seem to emphasize extracurricular activities? Let the admissions people know if you’d like to participate in sports or clubs.
• Make sure your letters of recommendation introduce new information about you while reinforcing your personality and character.
• Leave a lasting impression in your college admissions essay by concluding with a strong personal statement about why you’d be a good fit. Reveal something about yourself.
• Don’t over-inflate your accomplishments. Be genuine and modest while promoting yourself. Your integrity will come across loud and clear.
• If you don’t get accepted, don’t consider it a personal rejection. Each application is one of thousands. Where one door closes; another one opens.