There is no magic formula for getting into the college of your choice. But there are things you can do to better your chances of landing at your favorite university.
Whether you have just begun considering which college you want to attend or if you are a student who has dreamed about a particular college for a long time, you have probably been searching for ways to make yourself stand out from the average student. C2 Education, your SAT prep service in Severna Park, offers tips to getting into your school of choice.
Grades and Test Scores Still Carry a Lot of Weight
Colleges will say they are very interested in the real you. While this might be true, they don’t want to get to know the real you if your grades and test scores aren't up to their high standards.
Basically, you can be the most interesting person in the world and that won't matter if you don't have good grades and score low on test scores.
Express an Authentic Self
Colleges are overwhelmed by slick and boastful essays that only offer the top layer of an applicant. Colleges want applicants to go deep and give them a real picture of who you are.
Am applicant should come off as someone who is a difference maker as opposed to writing a mere list of awesome accomplishments.
Many colleges are interested in increasing access. So it might be to your benefit to emphasize your background. For example, perhaps you are a low-income student or the first in your family to attend college.
Admissions offices are thinking harder about socioeconomic context, so tell them about the challenges you have faced.
You might be interested in becoming an engineer, but you have a love and passion for art or music. That is good stuff to put in your college application. Showing your interests in hobbies offer different facets of yourself.
Make Yourself Respectable
We get it, when you are young, you do some things that aren't always smart. Take a good look at your social media accounts and make sure you haven’t posted anything that could come back to haunt you. Because you can bet the admissions office is going to creep you.
Even go as far as to make sure your email address, the one you made in the 8th grade, has no mention of beer or drugs or other silly references. A respectable email address is simply your first and last name.
It’s not all that impressive if you played a lot of high school sports but never stuck to one. Colleges would like to see if you are dedicated to any of the extracurricular activities you engage or if you just tried them to pad your resume.
Four years of football or drama is a lot better than a long list of activities you engaged in for just a few months.
C2 is the smart choice for students who want to do better. We offer customized curricula, personalized attention and a wide variety of enrichment services for students from kindergarten through high school. Give us a call today.