College Admissions 101

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Your college experience will be one of the most exciting times in your life.

But getting accepted isn’t always easy. And getting accepted into a top program – that’s certainly not a given. The college you attend will play a major part in how you shape your future. 

Your application needs to be unique and compelling if you want to stand out from the competition. 

Accepted can help you do just that with:

  1. Personalized college admissions consulting ranging from a la carte services to comprehensive packages
  2. Free resources (see below) to enrich and improve your understanding of the application process

Whether you’re here for our unparalleled advice or to get an idea of what we’re all about before investing in our services, we invite you to dive in. This page is chock full of valuable resources and information about how we can help you get accepted to your dream college. 

 

Getting Started

Before launching into the college application process, it’s important that you understand how the process works. There is groundwork that needs to be laid before you even begin filling out that first application, like selecting where to apply and evaluating your needs and wants; you need to make sure you’ve really examined what you’re looking for in a school and that you understand where you want to be 5 years from now. The resources below will serve as a great jumping-off point for you: 

  1. The Admissions Process
  2. College Application Tips for Parents
  3. SAT & ACT Resources
  4. How to Prep for College in High School
  5. Choosing the Right College for You

Essays & Other Application Elements

As you begin compiling your application, you’ll need to figure out how to highlight your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses. For efficiency’s sake, it’s also vital that you know which portions of your application can be used universally for all schools, versus what needs to be tailored for each school. For instance, the essay portion of your college application is your best opportunity to make an impact on the admissions committee and show them why you’re uniquely suited to their particular school – for the most part, each essay will need to be different, to reflect the differences in the individual schools you apply to. These resources will help you really dig into the meat of building a successful college application: 

  1. College Application Weaknesses
  2. Ivy League and Top University Apps
  3. The Common Application
  4. Essay Topics
  5. Writing Tips from the Pros
  6. Sample Essays

Additional Tips

As your application journey nears its close, it’s natural to be nervous. A great letter of recommendation can sometimes be just the boost you need to put you over the top, though, so ensuring that you ask the right person to pen it is key. And if you get waitlisted or rejected, it doesn’t have to be the end of the road. These last two resources will help you navigate those nerve-wracking final miles: 

  1. Letters of Recommendation
  2. Tips for Waitlisted and Rejected Applicants

Why You Should Consider Working with an Admissions Consultant

All the resources above (plus the many more available throughout our site) will help you improve your college application. But no amount of free advice or general information will provide you with the individual, personalized assistance and support you get when you partner with one of our experts for college admissions consulting.

Applying to college can be very stressful, especially if you don’t have the highest test scores or the most impressive extracurriculars. When you work with an Accepted consultant, though, we use our expertise to draw out and display the real value you can offer to your dream college. 

We have more than 25 years of experience in college admissions consulting and have helped students just like you gain acceptance to the world’s top universities. We know what the admissions committees want to see, and we can help you position yourself in a unique, compelling manner. Where you go to college can affect the rest of your life; don’t leave it up to chance!

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How Can Accepted Admissions Consultants Help With Your College Application?

Our college admissions consulting professionals are not just experts in their respective fields—they’re profoundly talented professionals with a passion for helping others achieve their dreams. They have extensive experience navigating the application process, and their knowledge is your gain. 

When you work with an Accepted consultant, you get more than just some generalized, faceless application review. You’ll be partnered with a seasoned pro who is carefully chosen to work best with you based on your needs. They’ll walk you through the process from start to finish and be your guide, support, and advocate the whole way. 

Getting accepted into a top college takes more than good grades or an impressive list of extracurriculars. Competition for spots in these elite schools is fierce, and it’s going to take smart, strategic work to earn a spot. From school selection to essays and letters of recommendation, our consultants are prepared to help you make the right moves at the right time. 

And if you’re coming to us after having already been waitlisted or rejected, we’ve got your back. We’re here to help you move past that setback and take the first steps down the road to the future you deserve with top-notch college admissions consulting services tailored to your unique needs.

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