Approximately 70 percent of college applicants get accepted into their first choice college. Ever wonder how they do it? The answer is simple: they made an effort. And you can too! All you have to do is follow these four easy steps:
Time Required: Two to Four Years
- Get good grades. If you want to stand a chance of getting into college, you need to get good grades. The higher your grades are the better. Students with high GPAs get more attention from the admissions department and more financial assistance from the aid office.
- Score high on the SAT. With a high GPA and a high SAT score, you may not only get into college, you could also be offered a free scholarship. You can increase your score by picking up a good SAT prep guide or by taking an SAT prep course.
- Take AP courses. If your high school offers advanced placement (AP) courses, you need to take them. These courses will allow you to earn college credits without having to pay college tuition. They will also show admissions officers that you are serious about your education.
- Get involved. Participating in extracurricular activities, charities, and community events will enrich your life and your college application. When picking your extracurriculars, choose something that you enjoy and/or have a passion for. This will make the time you spend on these activities much more fulfilling.