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Getting into College - How to Get a Great Letter of Recommendation. Colleges often ask for two or three recommendation letters from people who know you well. These letters should be written by someone who can describe your skills, accomplishments and personality. Colleges value recommendations because they: Reveal things about you that grades and test scores can’t Provide personal opinions of your character Show who is willing to speak on your behalf Letters of recommendation work for you when they present you in the best possible light, showcasing your skills and abilities. When to Ask for Recommendations Make sure to give your references at least one month before your earliest deadline to complete and send your letters. The earlier you ask, the better. Remember that some teachers will be writing whole stacks of letters, which takes time.

Whom to Ask It’s your job to find people to write letters of recommendation for you. Read each of your college applications carefully. How to Get the Best Recommendations Here’s how: Final Tips. College Applications: How to Begin. Applying to college is a big job, but you can make it easier by breaking it down into a series of small steps. 1. Get Informed Colleges want to know the real you. When you apply to colleges, you don’t have to try to make yourself look better by listing the kinds of accomplishments or writing the kind of essay you think they want to see.

If you’re honest about who you are and what you’ve done, you’re more likely to end up at a college that’s a good fit for you. What else can you learn before you get going? More important truths about college admission The components of a college application 2. Tell your family, your school counselor, your teachers and anyone else you’re close to that you’re applying to colleges. 3. Most applications ask you to describe what you’ve done in and out of the classroom. 4.

If you can keep track of everything you need, you’ll be ahead of the game. Create a real and a virtual folder for storing documents. Gather these numbers and resources: The Facts About Applying to College Early: Is It Right for You? About 450 colleges offer early admission plans. Under these plans, students can apply to colleges early — well before the usual deadline — and get a decision early.

Some students who apply under these plans have a better chance of getting in than they would through the regular admission process. Colleges benefit from the plans as well because they get students who really want to attend that college to commit early. How to Decide If Applying Early Is Right for You Applying early can be a good idea if you’re sure about which college you want to attend.

But think twice about applying early if: You want to compare admission and financial aid offers from several colleges. Early Admission Options There are three main types of early admission plans. Other parts of the plans vary by college, though, so talk with a counselor or teacher ahead of time to make sure you understand the rules. Early decision plans: You can apply to only one early decision college.

Early action plans: 5 Things You Need to Know About College Admission. How to Get the Most Out of College Visits. To get the most out of college visits, stay true to yourself. When deciding which college to attend, don’t just rely on word of mouth, reputation, college rankings, where your parents want you to go, or where your friends are going. The best way to get a feel for schools yourself is going on college visits. They will give you a chance to feel out what you can’t get from a website—the campus vibe, student body energy, and general ambiance.

After all, this will be the next four years of your life. Where you decide to spend them can be just as important as what you choose to study or who you connect with. So we’ve put together some ideas for how to help you get the most out of this important part of the college admissions process. Determine your criteria It’s important to remember that while there are certain admissions requirements you must fulfill, the school you attend must also meet your own criteria. Make your own decision Relax, and have fun!