5 Tips for a Successful College Application

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With the increasing demand for college education, the college admission process is becoming more competitive day by day. If you look at the annual changes in the admission rates of top universities, you can easily recognize the downward sloping line that represents the admission rate of the top universities as the years pass by.

So at this point, you probably have this question in your mind: How can I have the best shot at getting into my dream college? Here are five important tips for you to increase your chances of admission to your dream university:

1- REFLECT YOUR VERY TRUE SELF ON YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT: Your essay is the only part of your application where you get to directly talk to the admission committee. You will have many other chances to prove your academic success through sharing your GPA, test scores, and letters of recommendations. You should be using your personal statement as an opportunity to share your voice in many different ways such as sharing a challenge/obstacle you’ve faced in life and how it has impacted your personal growth. Do NOT try to lie in your essay, the admission officers read hundreds of essays every day and they can smile an unrealistic essay from a mile away!

2WATCH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA: Admission officers do not have a special system on their computers which shows them who you are. Just like everybody else, if they want to learn more about you there is a high chance that they will look you up on social media websites. Make sure you have a clean profile on every single social media account that you own!

3- NETWORK: Try to communicate with the admission offices of the universities that you are applying to. Some universities have the contact information of the regional admission officers! Try to find out who your regional admission counselor is and start with introducing yourself. It is better for you if that admission officer remembers your name as someone who has demonstrated a strong interest in becoming a part of their university.

4- HAVE PEOPLE TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR APPLICATION: What looks perfect to you may not look as perfect to others. There is always room for improvement and having other people go over your application will provide you a more diverse set of perspectives for a more successful application.

5- FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS NOT YOUR WEAKNESSES: Try to see which standardized tests you are better at and send the best scores that you have available. Make sure your recommenders know you personally well enough to talk about who you really are. If you have a strength in an area, make sure you highlight it as much as possible. If you are not happy about something on your application (aka. C+ in freshman biology class or a relatively low score on the math section of your SAT) try to talk about what kind of challenges have led to those relatively unsatisfactory results and what you learned out of them.

With the increasing demand for college education, the college admission process is becoming more competitive day by day. If you look at the annual changes in the admission rates of top universities, you can easily recognize the downward sloping line that represents the admission rate of the top universities as the years pass by.