Strategies to increase the chance of admission to a good college include planning a productive high school education, taking on academic challenges and applying to a limited selection of colleges. As college admissions become increasingly competitive, these strategies can help a student stand out.Continue Reading
In the competitive world of college admissions, planning often starts at the beginning of high school. Start high school with a four-year plan, mapping out potential classes. For example, taking calculus as a senior is a desirable move for many of the most selective colleges, but it requires taking geometry as a freshman.
Students who aren't on track early in high school can improve admission chances by taking summer school or doubling up on math and science classes as a junior or senior. It's also important to take classes that offer a substantial challenge. Colleges want to see high levels of achievement in subjects that interest a student. That means not coasting during senior year by taking easy classes.
Students who narrow down the selection of colleges they apply to often stand a better chance of getting into a top-choice school. Application processes can be exhausting, and focusing time and effort on applying to six schools rather than twelve means those six applications likely will be stronger.Learn more about Colleges & Universities