Understanding Application Systems
Did you know there are multiple application systems like the Common App, Coalition App, and others? Each system has unique features and specific college affiliations, simplifying the application process for students.
Early Decision Binding Agreements
Applying Early Decision means a binding commitment to one college. Surprisingly, statistics show a higher acceptance rate for Early Decision applicants, which might be due to demonstrated interest and a smaller applicant pool.
Diversify Your College List
Creating a balanced college list is crucial. Include safety, match, and reach schools. A surprising fact is that 'likely' schools can sometimes offer more merit-based financial aid to attract top candidates.
Financial Aid Insights
The FAFSA isn't the only key to aid; CSS Profile unlocks institutional scholarships at many private colleges. Surprisingly, over $2 billion in federal aid goes unclaimed each year because students don't complete their FAFSA.
Colleges often value quality over quantity in extracurriculars. Leadership roles, sustained commitment, and personal growth are surprisingly more influential than the number of activities listed on your application.
Recommendation Letters Strategy
Choose recommenders who know you well, not just those with impressive titles. A surprising tip is to provide a 'brag sheet' to help your recommenders highlight your unique strengths and experiences.
Essay Writing Techniques
Admissions essays are your voice in the application. A startling fact is that admissions officers spend an average of just 3 minutes reading each essay, so make those opening lines count!