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Applying to College
A students stares at a list of colleges and wonders how he can impress each one. While colleges generally look at the same requirements (strength of high-school classes, grades, SAT scores, etc.), they don’t all view them the same way.
So how can you make sure you’re a good fit for the colleges on your list?
How to Put Together a College Resume
Finding the Right College for You
One of the themes in putting together a good college resume and application is knowing the admissions requirements at colleges that interest you. Admissions standards shouldn’t vary too much on your list of colleges, though you should have some range between your “Reach” and “Safety” schools.
Finding these standards requires some research. Since you’ll eliminate colleges from your original list as you discover your own needs, interests, etc., it helps if you can check the standards of many colleges quickly. You’ll also find side-by-side comparisons a real benefit, since you’ll be able to quickly remove note differences that match your record.
Once you have a list of colleges that are equal, or are slightly above or below your GPA, SAT score, academic ability and so on, you’ll be well on your way to having a list of colleges that are right for you. You’ll still need to visit them to make your final choice, but at least you’ll know you’re a good candidate for your list of colleges!