6 tips for how to get into your dream college

January 25, 2022 at 7:00 AM
6 tips for how to get into your dream college

Everybody has a few colleges they want to attend. Whether it’s because of academics, family history, or a specific program, your dream college has something to offer you. However, many of these dream schools can be difficult to get into because they’re so competitive. At Educational Attainment Services, we can help you get into your dream college. Read our six tips below to get started.

Apply early

An early application often has a leg up on the rest of the competition. Applying early is a great way to get your foot in the door to get the attention of admissions officers. You can demonstrate that you’re ambitious and detail-oriented, which are traits many schools are looking for in their students.

Show interest in the school

Let a school know you’re interested in attending before you ever apply. Visit the campus and take a tour. See everything the school has to offer, get acquainted with the parts of campus where you’re likely to spend most of your time, and meet a professor or two if possible. Not only does this give you a chance to meet people beforehand, but you can also reference your campus tour in your essays. You’ll have a chance to refer to specific parts of campus that appeal to you and your goals.

Pick three

Yes, you’re going to have that one school you want to attend that has everything you want. Although, it’s important that you don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Most freshmen are able to get into one of their top-three schools, so it’s a great way to ensure you find a school that fits your goals. You can often find two other schools that offer much of what you’re looking for in your dream college.

Get good grades

Your grades are one of the first things an admissions officer is going to see when you apply to school. Put your best foot forward by working hard in high school and getting the best grades you can. A strong GPA that’s accompanied by great standardized test scores is a great combination for getting into your dream school.

Letters of recommendation from people you trust

Every college application requires you to gather two or three letters of recommendation. Developing relationships with high school teachers and other mentors in the community can make it easy to gather letters of recommendation for your application. If the teacher you ask to write a letter isn’t directly familiar with some of your accomplishments in school, provide them with some so they can easily refer to them in the letter. Be sure to send a thank-you note after they write your letter because they’ve taken the time out of their busy schedule to write a letter for you.

Get a head start

Don’t put off applying for college. The last thing you want is to rush through your application. Give yourself plenty of time to think through your essays and reflect on your time in high school. While more time doesn’t always mean a better essay, it can certainly help if you’re not pushing up against the deadline.

Get in touch for more

If you’d like to learn more about how to get into your dream college, reach out to Educational Attainment Services. We help high school students prepare for applying to college and what it takes to get into the school they want. Schedule an appointment by calling 800-706-4134 or send a message using our contact form.

We look forward to working with you and helping you get into your dream college.