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College Admissions – Why Students Need a Good College Admissions Strategy

Getting into college these days is more than just “fill out the application” and wait for word from the college. Years ago, that may have been the case, but it isn’t any longer. More students are going to college than ever before and that means more competition. AND, those same students are more active than ever before — great grades, lots of activities and community service are normal and expected.

That’s often the most difficult part for parents to understand. Just because your child has great grades and good SAT scores, doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is Ivy League material or a shoo-in at every college. So, when strong grades, solid SAT scores and tons of activities are the norm, your problem still remains: how to stand out from the crowd.

The solution is to have a compelling message to deliver to the schools and a plan to communicate it consistently to the right people. It’s going to help you stand apart from the rest of the crowd! And, the key to a good college admissions strategy is your message.

College admissions folks love anything that can help them identify your strengths and communicate them quickly and easily. Your message should make you more “memorable” to the college admissions representative who reads your application. If you have really zeroed in on the right message, it will likely be supported by others — such as your teachers who will be writing your recommendations!

Done well, your message and the strategy you use to deliver it can be powerful tools to get you noticed and in at a particular college, as it did for one of my students, Anita.

Anita’s dad asked me to work with his daughter because she wanted to get in to a highly selective school that had a top-notch reputation in the medical sciences. Exactly the kind of place that fit in with her career goals of following in her physician-father’s footsteps. Anita was a strong candidate for for the school, but she and her dad didn’t want to leave anything to chance.

Anita and I worked together to develop her message to the schools so she would stand out as much as possible from the thousands of others in the admissions office. Together, we developed her strategy to reinforce her two unique qualities — her love of and desire to study math and science plus her extraordinary accomplishments in classical Indian dance.

Her message boiled down to how she was equally at home on the stage and in front of a Bunsen burner. It was concise and, most of all, it was memorable.

She was able to incorporate this message into every part of the college admissions process — as part of her main essay; she was able to integrate it into her interviews. The clarity and consistency of her message made a great impression, as evidenced by comments made by the admissions officer after she was accepted!

Having a comprehensive plan and a strong admissions strategy kept Anita in control of the admissions process rather than letting the admissions process control her. Isn’t that more appealing than “throwing together your applications’ and “hoping for the best”? So, get started taking control…

Your Get NOTICED, Get IN, Get MONEY Assignment:

1. Create your message.

2. Identify who you will communicate your message to.

3. Start communicating that message — consistency is the key!

Jeanmarie Keller, is a college admissions and financial aid expert and creator of the Get NOTICED, Get IN, Get MONEY System, the proven step-by- step program that shows you exactly how to get NOTICED in the college admissions office, get IN at the colleges right for you, and get MONEY to help pay the college bill. To claim your F.R.E.E. audio CD: “Finding Cash For College” and receive weekly admissions and financial aid tips and strategies, go to http://www.JeanKeller.com

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College Fairs – Are They Important For College Admissions?

College fairs are important for college admissions even though they are noisy, crowded and sometimes overwhelming. The first thing you will notice is a sea of booths, usually set up in alphabetical order, with college representatives waiting behind them. These college reps are eager to meet you and share their knowledge about their specific schools.

College fairs are a great place to explore your college options. Many national college fairs include all colleges and universities that want to be there. Others like the Metro Denver College Fair are by invitation only and may include a more limited number of schools. Nevertheless, you will meet many people who represent each school and they can be important contacts for college admissions.

High school juniors and seniors should always attend a college fair. You have probably put together a list of possible schools that might be a good fit for you. These are the colleges you should try to visit first. After that, take some time to visit some of the other schools that could be possibilities. This will help you learn more about schools that you are already considering, eliminate colleges that do not interest you or find out more about some schools you have never heard of.

Introduce yourself to the college representative and ask for a business card. You will be asked to fill out a form with your personal information so that the college or university can put you on their mailing list. You can also request specific information on scholarships, athletics or other areas that you want to know more about. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about possible majors, campus life or anything else that might be of interest to you.

When you are talking with a college representative, always ask for a direct number for an admissions counselor and the financial aid office. This will help you to make contact if you have further questions without having to deal with a complicated phone system.

College fairs are great opportunities for you to show an interest in a school. This is a factor that is considered in college admissions. They are also a good place to get advice, get noticed and get the information you need to make good college decisions.

Families need to know as much as possible about the colleges that are a good fit for their students. You cannot beat a college visit or a college website for information, but the college fair is also a good source. Students should have a small notebook to make comments about schools or about conversations they have with college representatives. You never know when these might be helpful for college essays or college admissions.

Go to http://www.collegedirection.org to find out other factors that are important for college admissions. Susie Watts is an educational consultant and college planner in Denver, Colorado. She is the founder of College Direction. . To find out how an educational consultant can assist you, go to http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Parents-Need-to-Know-About-Educational-Consultants-and-College-Admissions&id=3339240

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