Having worked in a college admissions office for two years I can tell you first hand that getting into the college of your dreams is a very hard task that takes months and months of work to do. Along with work comes promotion and sending out various applications and tests and knowing how to do all this efficiently can make the process more enjoyable.
To begin, you have to know your college’s standards. Use the internet to find out what types of GPA’s and SAT or ACT scores that have been accepted there in the past few years. This will give you a base to start off from and allow you to know if it is realistic for you to get into that college. If you are trying to get into the college as a student athlete, use the internet to search up athletes who currently go to that school and find out their statistics for their sport, or better yet email the head or coach of the program you are trying to get into.
The second step is to provide all these stats and test scores to the schools. You can’t get into the college without these, because all colleges need to compare you to other students to see who will be able to get accepted. Most colleges accept students based on a holistic process, therefore if you do badly on the SAT but have a good GPA and sports then they could possibly accept you. Or if you are bad in sports but have high grades and excellent extracurricular activities on your application they could accept you.
Third you should visit the college campus. Get a feel of how the college is before you go there. It would be a drag if you got accepted to a college and ended up going there, and didn’t believe that it wasn’t the right one for you because it had a bad environment or isn’t lively enough for you. This happens to many students and ends up being another conflict down the road because then they have to get money back, pay fees to apply new schools, find a way to garner more student loans, and then finally transfer. The whole process can be avoided as long as you understand what college you are trying to get yourself into and if it is right for you. Lastly, before any major college accepts you they will call you in for an interview. This is to get to know you better, and for you to understand or ask any questions that you may have been unable to find an answer elsewhere. Be polite and neatly dressed at your interview or else you may be rejected. The interview is also a big part of your acceptance.
In conclusion, getting accepted into the college of your task is a laborious task, but as long as you are willing to spend the time and the effort promoting yourself, sending in the necessary paperwork, and visiting the college can increase your chances of getting into the college of your dreams.