Crafting a College Application that Rises to the Top

on February 1, 2017

Applying to college isn’t enough — if you want your application to stand out, you need to make sure it is detailed. It should address why you want to attend the colleges you’re applying to while highlighting your character and accomplishments.

 

Know Why You Are Applying

 

For the colleges you’re most serious about, list at least five specific reasons you’d like to attend each college. Demonstrating knowledge of a university and how it can benefit your academic track will put you ahead of other students. You can make sure you’ll fit with the student body and get the most out of your college experience by doing this.

 

Be Genuine

 

Admissions officers do not want to read a bland, generic application that could be sent to any college. If you lack passion for the school you’re applying to, it will show. Take time to make each essay individualized. This doesn’t mean you need a new theme for each essay. It does, however, mean that you need to include facts about each college you apply to in your essay. And, just spouting off something you found on a college’s website will not help you — make sure the facts are relevant to your academic journey.

 

Clean Up Your Social Media

 

Colleges pay attention to what you do online. You don’t want a dumb post from your sophomore year tanking your entire application. Go through your Facebook, Twitter and other accounts and delete anything inappropriate. This also is a good time to start showcasing your accomplishments, volunteer work or other activities on your social media.

 

Call or Visit an Admissions Officer

 

In the digital age, placing a phone call or an in-person visit to an admission officer will give you clout in the college application process. It demonstrates that you are serious about a college. Many colleges keep track of how often a student initiates contact.

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