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Trying to get into the college of your choice can be both an exciting and a difficult process. By finding ways to make your college application more enticing for prospective schools, you’ll increase your chances of getting into a top-quality college. Here are four ways to get an edge on college applications.

Participate in Extracurricular Activities

Even before you submit your first application, you can give yourself an advantage by taking part in extracurricular activities that could prove valuable for your education. High school sports are always good to take part in and may even lead you to securing scholarships. Volunteering to work for your high school newspaper or joining a debate club will look great on any college application. If you ever volunteer to tutor students, work at a homeless shelter or perform another type of community service, you should also note this experience on your college applications to get ahead in your pursuit.

Take College Prep Classes

Most high schools offer college preparation courses that provide a head start in higher education. A college will be likelier to accept your application if you’ve enrolled in any of these classes and demonstrated academic excellence. You might even be able to obtain an associate degree with your diploma when you graduate high school, which can further increase your chances of getting into the college of your choice. If you want to take college preparation classes full time, enrolling in a college prep high school may be a great option.

Look into SAT/ACT Prep Courses

College faculty will want to know how you scored on your Scholastic Aptitude Test or American College Test before making a decision on whether to accept you. SAT and ACT preparation courses are designed to sharpen the math, reading and writing skills that are essential for passing either of these examinations. Knowing about different aspects of science will also be important when taking the ACT. You can give yourself an additional advantage by studying for and taking both tests.

Obtain Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation from teachers, school counselors and any high school job employers who you might have can help move your application to the top of the review pile. The letter of recommendation should include information about how long you’ve known the person who’s writing it and the nature of your relationship with them. The letter should also specify your accomplishments in full detail.
You’ll have an easier time submitting college applications and likely hear back faster from schools that are interested in you when your application includes all the right information. Investing the additional effort can pay dividends when it comes to getting into the best college.
Posted By: Hannah Whittenly
Friday, November 22nd 2019 at 12:52PM
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