Getting into the College/University of your choice.

School., Tips.

School is starting back up and I know there are many people who are in high school and are most likely going to go to college/university. Hopefully, this helps you guys out a bit and if you know anyone in high school, share it with them so they can benefit.
These tips will not ensure you get accepted into your dream school though, it will just help you out and increase your chances of being accepted!

So let’s get started:

  1. Take the right classes.
    1. You may not think that this is a big part of the college acceptance process, but it is! Taking the right courses definitely plays a role in what the college thinks of you.
      1. You want to challenge yourself by taking higher level courses. Colleges like seeing the strength in your schedule so take AP/IB/Honor/Dual Credit (if don’t know the difference comment below and I will explain) courses when you can! However, if you really are struggling in those classes it’s okay to drop as long as your still in the first quarter of the class. (It has to be then because then it will not show up on your college transcript). Also, these classes are worth more then Pre-AP/normal classes and have a heavier weight into your GPA, meaning they can boost it.
        1. In addition, take classes in high school that may reflect what you want to do later in life. For example, if you want to be something with a science major, then take a lot of science classes and try taking them at a higher level and take them seriously, they’re going to look at your grades!
          1. IF YOU CAN TAKE DUAL CREDIT COURSES, TAKE AS MANY AS YOU CAN.
            1. (I’m going to pick random Universities from Texas) Take your required Dual Credit courses then try to take courses that are mostly degree based.
              1. Decide what your top 3 colleges are and if you can narrow down to one.
              2. Go to the schools website and look up the majors offered and what you want to take from there
              3. THEN LOOK UP something like “Unt Business management degree plan” or “UNT business management 4-year plan” and they give you a bunch of courses.
              4. The first two years can usually be taken at a community college so look at what’s transferable and try to take a bunch of courses from the first two years this year 🙂
                1. You should get something like this or this, NOT this.
                2. OR LOOK UP “UNT TRANSFER GUIDE” and you’ll see all the options here.
                  1. You’ll see the courses you can take at a community college, BUT not all universities accept all courses. Look up “UTA COURSE EQUIVALENCY” or whatever and you’ll get something like this.
  2. Be Active!
    1. This doesn’t only apply to sports. Be active within your community and school! Try to partake in as many clubs that interest you and volunteer whenever you get the chance. The one thing that all colleges are interested in is how involved in school and the community were you. Holistic students have a higher chance of getting accepted into universities than those who only have good test scores or a 4.0 GPA.
    2. Try joining things like sports teams, your Student Council, Yearbook, etc. because they would look great on your application.
    3. VOLUNTEER. I recommend you volunteer at a place that is in a similar field to what you want to be (like hospitals if you wanna be a doctor etc) but honestly you can volunteer anywhere. [Humanitarian things look the best like picking up trash, working at schools, hospitals, soup kitchens, shelters etc)
  3. Show Interest in the School.
    1. Go on college tours around the schools that you are applying to. When you register to go on the college tour, the name gets stored in their system so when you do apply they will check and see that you’ve shown interest so that’s some bonus points for you 🙂
    2. The same goes to visiting their tables at college fairs that your school may hold or when the admission officers visit.
    3. As soon as you send in your application, send an email to the admissions officer at that school and schedule an interview. This is a BIG deal so be professional about it and go in as if you were going to a job interview.
      1. Try not to stumble over your words and be mature and use some big words here in there. In the right context of course!
      2. Also, try to look up questions they ask at college interviews.
      3. Knowing some information about the school might get you some extra points.
  4. Applying early.
    1. Apply as early as you can. Early action/decisions are a great way to show the school you are interested plus you get a faster response.
      1. There’s a catch though, Early Decision applications binding meaning if you get into that school, YOU MUST GO! So I suggest applying Early Action if you’ve figured out your number one choice.
      2. If the school has “Rolling Admissions” I would suggest applying ASAP so your application is right at the top and it shows the admissions office that you are dedicated and want to go to that school.

That’s really all I have for now.
If you don’t get in, DO NOT WORRY. Don’t worry if you haven’t got the results you were hoping for. Don’t worry if you haven’t got into your chosen University. The important thing is that you understand that your life is not ruled by results, grades and education. If your dream job requires diplomas, degrees and such, then go and try again! Don’t give up chasing your dream.

If i think of anything else, I will be sure to add it!

I hope these helped. Feel free to leave any questions or requests below 🙂

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