4 Ways to Make Your College Application Stand Out

on August 12, 2016

When crafting your college application, you want to make sure yours rises to the top. Writing a standout application takes a lot of thought, time and effort. If you follow these four steps, you’ll be well on your way to securing your place at one of your top-choice colleges.


Tell Your Story


A generic application will either land you on the wait list or in the reject pile. You need to make sure you emphasize your accomplishments, academic successes and what you could bring to a particular college or university. You should demonstrate why that college or university is a good fit for you beyond superficial details. For instance, don’t just say you want to major in something a college or university offers — give reasons that demonstrate that you’ve carefully researched and understand the college’s options.   


Do Research


College isn’t just a place where you learn — it’s your home and community. You need to determine whether a college or university is a good fit for you. You can bolster your application by talking about the campus vibe or extracurricular activities you’d like to join. A college visit also can be helpful for adding color to your application. There’s nothing better than examining a campus up close and personal. Also read the college’s student newspaper for insights into the campus culture.


Read Your Essay


A college essay, along with your high school grades, carries a lot of weight in the admissions process. It might sound like a no-brainer, but read your essay a few times to make sure you’re getting your point across. Don’t stray from your theme and make sure you talk about how you would positively impact the college or university you’d like to attend. Also, have a parent, teacher or guidance counselor read over your essay. Going through this process will yield a better result that will put you on a path to success.


Apply Early


Applying early can increase your chances of being accepted. This is especially important for students who are interested in receiving financial aid. Applications open as early as August 1, so you have time to work on them even before you start your senior year. Don’t rush though — you want to submit your best work. Even if you can’t or don’t want to apply early action or early decision, submitting your application sooner will demonstrate strong interest in the college, which can help your college admissions chances.

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