Ch 1: The College Admissions Process

About This Chapter

These engaging video lessons will familiarize you with the college admissions process. We'll provide you with the information you need to maximize your chances of being admitted to one of your choice schools.

The College Admissions Process: Chapter Summary

Wondering whether you'll get into one of the colleges of your choice can be a nerve-racking experience. However, knowing what college admissions committees are looking for may boost your confidence a bit. Our trained guidance counselors and academic advisors will let you know what factors play into a college's admissions decisions so you can determine your chances of getting in. This chapter covers topics such as:

Deciding whether or not to attend college

Although you may feel you're expected to attend college, going to college is not right for everyone. We'll let you know which factors you should take into account when deciding whether or not to attend college, such as your interests and strengths and weaknesses. Our experienced guidance counselors are available to offer you advice and help you make the right decision.

Understanding the competitiveness of the admissions process

If you want to know your chances of getting into a college, you need to determine how competitive it is to be admitted into that particular school. These lessons introduce you to factors that influence a school's competitiveness, such as its rankings, selectivity and returns on investment. Use the information to learn if you have what it takes to beat out other applicants.

Evaluating admissions criteria

In order to be a realistic candidate for a particular school, you need to know what the school looks for in its applicants. Let us familiarize you with the admissions criteria used by colleges, including high school curriculum, grade point average, extracurricular activities, test scores and recommendations. Learn which areas you need to brush up on in order to become a more competitive applicant.

Understanding how colleges make admissions decisions

To further increase your chances of getting in to your dream school, you have to know how the admissions committees make their admissions decisions. The lessons in this chapter will teach you about every step of the application review process. You'll be able to explain how admissions offices make tentative and final decisions regarding student applications.

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