How to get into college

6 tips from a college admissions expert

Getting into college is definitely a journey and arguably one of the most difficult things you’ll experience during high school. How can you overcome this insurmountable task? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered!

  1. What can I do to increase my chances of getting into college?
  2. Why to submit a test score even if a college is test optional
  3. How to think about extracurricular activities
  4. The importance of the college essay
  5. How to avoid the ranking game

Introducing our expert

At Everydae, we understand the importance of credibility and valuable information, which is why we interview the most reliable college admissions experts. For insight gathered in this article, we are extremely fortunate to have spoken with Judi Robinovitz from Score at the Top!

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How do colleges evaluate applicants?

  1. Academic rigor. Do the courses you’re taking (Honors, AP, IB) and your SAT or ACT score indicate that you can comfortably handle the workload in college?
  2. Extracurricular activities. Do you demonstrate initiative, or show a deep dedication or passion for a particular interest, or are you just trying to pad your resume?
  3. Character. This is all about how you present yourself? For example, while your extracurriculars paint the picture of what you like to do, your essay will be how you convey who you are.

What can I do to increase my chances of getting into college?

Why to submit an SAT or ACT score even if a school is test optional.

How to think about extracurricular activities.

The importance of the college essay.

The college essay is the perfect opportunity to show schools that you are not just a statistic.

How to avoid the ranking game

Ranking systems in high school vary. Some account for only your GPA, other include your AP/IB credits. In many cases, students may opt for easy courses in order to increase their GPA and rank.

How to get into college: FAQs

Q: Does submitting a bad AP/IB exam score hurt my chances of getting into college?

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