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College Admissions: 3 Most Common Questions Answered

Each year, 3.3 million students graduate from high school. Out of these, 66 percent apply to colleges and universities, which is about 2.2 million freshmen.

The college application process is not the easiest when you have so many people you are competing with.

To be accepted in your college of choice, you must understand the college admission process and fulfill all the requirements.

Today, we will answer the three most common questions students ask about college applications to give you an idea of how the admission process should look like. 

1. Which college should you apply to?

There are several factors to consider. First, do you want to attend a big or small school? Do you prefer a big city, warm climate, or a college town? Do you prefer a college that focuses on student happiness, has good sports, or quality faculty?

Once you have your preferences in order, start looking for colleges that meet these criteria and make a list.

You may not find a college that has everything you want, so have at least three priorities you can’t compromise on. 

It’s also in your best interest to check the accommodation available for you when you join. It would be a disaster to find that you are homeless on your first day.

This gives you time to look at other possibilities if you are not likely to get accommodation on campus.

Student.com is a great place to start your search. Besides making it easy for you to book, you can compare prices and filter options, so you are close to your university. 

2. How many colleges should you apply to?

The answer to this question is not direct. Experts say you should apply to at least four to ten colleges to maximize your chances, but you shouldn’t exceed fifteen.

You can go with a number that’s somewhere in between like six or seven or go with your preference.

The most important thing is not the number of schools you apply to, but whether you can reach the average GPA of admitted students.

Divide your applications into three groups; unlikely to be accepted, a good chance of acceptance, and a high probability of acceptance. Apply to all of them. 

3. When should you apply?

Different colleges have different criteria, but most fall into these three categories.

First is early decision, which means if you are accepted, you must enroll at the school. Second is restricted early action, which means you must join the school, and you can’t apply to any other colleges until you hear back from them.

Early action, on the other hand, means you can apply to different colleges and choose which one to attend.

If you get accepted to early decision, however, you must withdraw all early action applications. 

Most colleges expect you to send at least one essay during the application.

The articles play a significant role in your application, so take your time when writing.

Choose what’s important to you and tell a story about yourself. You don’t have to write about an impressive accomplishment, but it must show who you are and what you value.