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.
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. 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 resources will help you really dig into the meat of building a successful college application.
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