College and Career Connections
Making the College Application Process Easier
Here's the "best of" from four college counselors for getting into the school of your choice:
MAKING THE LIST
Most college counselors suggest that you plan on selecting four to six colleges where you will apply. You should make well-informed choices and apply to colleges where you're fairly certain that you could be happy.
A "reach" school is your ideal or dream school. It is a school whose admissions standards require a higher class rank, GPA, or test score than you currently have. If you have always desired to attend this particular school, you may want to apply to graftify your curiosity.
A "range" school is a realistic choice based upon your grades and GPA. These choices should be colleges where you would be happy and have a 50/50 or better chance of admission. Your credentials should be equal in most respoects to those admitted in the last two years. Such colleges should be ones where you will be as well prepared as the majority of other applicants.
A "foundation" school is your "sure thing". Admissions standards at this college are such that your educational achievements will be as high or possibly higher than the majority of the students. This "safe bet" may be a four-year college with a more liberal admissions policy or a two-year or technical college. Many two-year colleges can give you a good background for your freshman and sophomore years and then you may apply for acceptance at another college for the final two years. A "sure thing" where you'll be happy is a must!
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