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The Art of Getting Accepted

To have the greatest chance of getting into your top choice schools, your college application needs to shine in several areas. Here you'll find information on grades, AP classes, letters of recommendation, interviews, extra curricular activities, and athletics.
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  2. First-Generation College Students (2)

What's a Good Academic Record for College Admissions?
Almost all colleges and universities consider a good academic record to be the most important part of a strong admissions application. A good academic record, however, is about more than grades. The list below discusses some of the important features that separate a good academic record from a weaker one.

High School Course Requirements for College Admissions
High School Course Requirements for College Admissions - A discussion of the high school core classes applicants need to be competitive when applying to college.

What is a Weighted GPA?
What is a weighted GPA? This article explains how high schools weight your GPA, and how the weighted GPA plays out in the college admissions process.

Interview for College
Practice these 20 questions before your college interview.

A Sample Response to a College Deferral Letter
This article provides a sample reply to a college deferral letter. A well-crafted letter can improve your chances of admission.

Deferred College Admission Decision? Don't Make This Mistake
This article provides a sample letter of what you should NOT do if your admission decision is deferred.

Sample Rejection Appeal Letter
Read a letter in which Joe appeals his college rejection.

Deferred Admission Decision
This article provides a sample letter for presenting the college admissions officers with new information for strengthening a college application.

Should You Explain a Bad Grade When Applying to College?
Should you explain a bad grade when applying to college? Do colleges want to know the reasons behind a bad grade on your high school transcript? This article addresses the issue.

High Grades or Challenging Courses? Which Matters More?
High Grades or Challenging Courses? Many high school students have a hard time figuring out which courses will work best for getting into college.

What are Legacy Admissions?
Legacy admissions -- learn what college legacy admissions are and how they affect your chances of getting into college.

Legacy Students - Should Legacy Students Get Preference in Co…
Legacy Students - Should legacy students get preference in the college admissions process? Share your thoughts.

Share Your Wait List Experiences
College wait lists can be frustrating. Share your experiences with other readers.

Unusual Extracurricular Activities - Share Your Unusual Extracurricul…
Extracurricular activities are more than band, drama club and student government. In this article, readers describe their creative and unusual extracurricular activities.

What Counts as an Extracurricular Activity for College Admissions?
This article discusses the wide range of activities that should be included on a college application.

What Are the Best Extracurricular Activities?
An article discussing the types of extracurricular involvement that will most impress college admissions officers.

Unusual Extracurricular Activities - Make Your Passions Count
Sarah shows how an unusual hobby can be transformed into an extracurricular activity that will impress college admissions counselors.

How to Get Off a Wait List
Finding yourself on a college wait list is frustrating, but you can do a few things to improve your chances of getting off the list.

Can Rubik's Cube and Other Quirky Passions Get Me Into College?
Rubik's Cube may not seem to have much to do with college admissions, but anything an applicant is passionate about can be transformed into a winning piece of a college application.

Deferred? What Next?
Many students who applied to college Early Decision or Early Action are finding that they've been neither accepted nor rejected, but deferred. If you find yourself in this limbo, here are some guidelines for how to proceed.

College Interview Questions
Learn how to tackle some common interview questions.

The Six Most Common Blunders of College Applicants
College application mistakes can make the difference between an acceptance and rejection letter.

Facebook, Google and College Admissions
Facebook and MySpace matter during the college admissions process. This article explains how you can make social networking sites work for you, not against you.

Should I Do An Optional College Interview?
This FAQ explains the significance of optional college interviews.

10 College Interview Mistakes
The college interview can help you if you make a good impression. Avoid these mistakes to keep from making a negative impression.

What Should a Woman Wear to a College Interview?
These dress guidelines can help you make a great impression at your college interview.

What Should a Man Wear to a College Interview?
The college interview has no set rules about what a man should wear. However, you do want to look nice...

High School Preparation in Math
How many and what level of math courses do you really need to get into college?

Foreign Language Requirement for College Admissions
Foreign Language Requirement - Learn how many years of a foreign language are required for college admissions. This article compares the foreign language requirements from several different colleges.

High School English Preparation
Learn how much English you'll need to be a competitive college applicant.

High School English Preparation
Learn how much English you'll need to be a competitive college applicant.

How Much Science Do You Need to Get Into College?
Learn what science class you'll need to take in high school to be a competitive college applicant.

Admissions Overview
College admissions don't need to be a mystery. Most schools publish data stating exactly which parts of the application they weight most heavily. Here you'll find an overview of the key factors schools consider when making an admissions decision.

Letters of Recommendation: The Basics
Nearly all college applications require letters of recommendation. These guidelines will help you know who and how to ask for letters.

Can I Appeal a College Admissions Rejection?
Can you appeal a college admission decision? Is a rejection letter final? What situations warrant a letter of appeal to the office of admissions? Find the answers in this FAQ.

Appeal an Academic Dismissal
Most colleges provide students with the opportunity to appeal an academic dismissal. There are effective and ineffective ways to make an appeal. These six tips can help.

I've Been Wait-Listed. What Now?
Wait-Lists. What should you do if you find your self in wait-list limbo? Read this FAQ to find out your chances of getting in and to get suggestions for planning your future.

Portfolios for Art Programs
Kavin Buck of UCLA gives advice on preparing a portfolio for college applications to art schools.

12 Facebook Photos You Should Delete Now
Facebook Mistakes -- When you're applying to college (or for a job), your social networking site can hurt you. This article presents 12 facebook photos that can make your application end up on the rejection pile.

Tell Me About a Challenge That You Overcame
This article provides tips for this frequently asked college interview question. Before your interview, be sure to spend some time thinking about challenges you have faced.

15 Good Facebook Photos for College Admissions
15 Facebook photos that strengthen your college application

Tell Me About Yourself
Tell me about yourself - This article provides tips for this frequently asked college interview question.

Why Are You Interested in Our College?
Why Are You Interested in Our College? - This article provides tips for this frequently asked college interview question.

How to Demonstrate Interest in a College
According to a NACAC study, about 50% of colleges claim that a student's demonstrated interest in the school is either highly or moderately...

Demonstrated Interest
Learn the importance of demonstrated interest in the college admissions process.

"What Can I Tell You About Our College?"
What Can I Tell You About Our College? - This article provides tips for this frequently asked college interview question.

Who Has Most Influenced You?
Who Has Most Influenced You? Who is your hero? This article provides tips for these frequently asked college interview questions.

What Do You Do In Your Free Time?
This article provides tips for this frequently asked college interview question.

What Do You Want to Major In?
What Do You Want to Major In? - This article provides tips for this frequently asked college interview question. Before your interview, be sure to spend some time thinking about possible college majors.

What Do You See Yourself Doing 10 Years From Now?
Tips for this common college interview question

Does Your Academic Record Reflect Your Ability?
Tips for this common college interview question

Recommend a Good Book to Me
Tips for this common college interview question

Recommend a Book to Discuss During a College Interview
Recommend a Book - Readers share their recommendations for a book to discuss during a college interview.

What would you do differently in high school? - Interview tips
Tips for this common college interview question

What Did You Do This Summer?
Learn how to talk about your summer vacation with your college interviewer.

The Best Summer Plans for High School Students
Make the most of your summers and improve your chances of getting into college

How to Waste a Summer
10 summer plans that will guarantee you DON'T impress colleges

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