If you’re a high school student or the parent of a high schooler, college is probably something you think about a lot. If you’re a senior, you may be making the final decision about where to send your college applications, but if you’re younger, you may be more concerned about whether or not you’re doing the right things so that you can get into the college or your choice when the time comes.
If you’re a student, here are four things you should consider doing that can improve your chances of getting into the right college, or if you’re a parent, you can share these tips with your high school student. They can be beneficial to students, even if they don’t have perfect grades.
1-Take the SAT Seriously – Start preparing for the SAT test early by taking practice tests and getting tutoring help in areas where you are weak. Students in 10th and 11th grades can take the new PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 to measure readiness for college, access scholarships, and practice for the SAT.
2-Complete the Right Courses - You’ll need to take two years of a foreign language—like Spanish, French, Mandarin, Italian or even sign language—to get into a college. Depending on your college and you desired program of study, you may also need higher level math and science. It’s best to look closely at the admission requirements for each school where you’d like to apply to make sure you sign up for the right school classes.
3-Take Extra Courses at Community College – What better way to show the admissions staff at your dream college that you love to learn than to sign up for extra or advanced classes like Calculus 3 and Linear Algebra at night at the College of Marin. Taking a course a couple of nights a week at any community college can give you an advantage over other applicants at many universities, including UC Berkeley and MIT.
4-Participate in Extracurricular Activities – In addition to looking at your high school classes and grades, most colleges and universities will also look at how well-rounded you are. That’s why it’s important to sign up for clubs, sports and activities at your school or in your community that interest you throughout your high school years.
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