Many four-year colleges and universities receive more applications than they have spots available. This means competition can be tough, especially for the most desirable schools.
Assemble an impressive college application packet
Now that you have an idea of what you want for yourself and what you want in a school, the next step is getting into the college of your choice.
It's not just private, name-brand, ivy-clad universities that are tough to get into. Some local state colleges have multiple applicants competing for one spot.
Your application packet should convince the admissions committee that they should accept you over someone else.
Myth: The best schools scoop up the top test scorers and valedictorians to fill their classes.
Reality: Being a valedictorian does not necessarily secure acceptance into your school of choice. Colleges want diverse student bodies made up of different kinds of students - athletes, community volunteers, student government leaders, artists, yearbook staffers, band members, debaters, and Future Farmers of America.
While grades and test scores are critical, what you do outside the classroom gives admissions committees a better idea of what you can contribute to the campus community.