Increase Your Chances Of Getting Into a Top College 
By Jacqueline Star for the Student Caring Community.
Getting admitted into a top college can be rather daunting to say the least. However, students can get a head start by taking competitive high school courses, participating in extracurricular activities and researching potential career opportunies. Here are a few ways to help you stand out from the crowd.

Take College Prep and AP Classes
One way to make yourself stand out from the sea of applicants is to take college prep or advanced classes. College prep classes are more advanced than regular classes and are generally more difficult. Advanced Placement classes are even more challenging and lesson material is covered at a much faster pace. Students can also earn college credit classes for AP classes as long as they score sufficiently on the annual AP exam (some colleges will accept a score of 3 while others may require a 4 or 5). This can give students a major head start in getting their GE requirements out of the way and save money on expensive university classes. Students who take AP classes also have the chance to earn a GPA over 4.0 since these classes are weighted higher. Taking these advanced courses is highly recommended if you want to attend a competitive university.

Participate In Extracurricular Activities
Admissions personnel don’t just solely rely on grades when selecting their incoming class. A great deal of importance is placed on extracurricular activities such as participation in student clubs and organizations, sport, community involvement and charity work. A diverse background shows that you’re well rounded and that there is more to you than just stellar grades. It’s a good idea to pick a few activities that you are truly passionate about instead of joining all the clubs on campus just to add it to the resume.

Ace Your Admissions Essay
Most students dread writing the admissions essay but it’s actually a great way to show a personal side in addition to showing admissions that you are adept at writing and grammar. Make sure to have at least a few people proofread your essay for grammar errors and run-on sentences. Don’t wait until the last minute; most people end up re-writing their essay a few times before submitting the finalized version.

Conduct Career Research
Researching college majors and careers is helpful because it will help you narrow down suitable colleges to apply at. Most schools have a career center where you can research different colleges and degree programs. For example, if you enjoy working with computers and have an aptitude for mathematics you may want to explore Computer Science http://www.trident.edu/colleges/information-systems/bachelor-of-science-in-computer-science. Then during the summer you may want to work at or intern at a company where you can get an up close look at what a person with a computer science degree actually does on a daily basis. It is also a good idea to research salary information and prospective growth and job opportunities for careers that you are interested in pursuing.

Written by Jacqueline Star – Jacqueline is a writer who enjoys writing about education and careers.

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