Apply to universities at various levels of selectivity with at least one school that you will likely be accepted to. Assess a universityís selectivity by researching the percentage of students accepted versus how many students applied. Decide whether or not your accomplishments fit the criteria the university bases acceptance on.
All high school graduates
Accept students on first come, first served basis Focus: High School Diploma
Whether applicants are ready for college-level study Focus: course work, grades, test scores, recommendations, and essays
Only admit a small percentage of applicants Fewer than 50%
School officials look carefully at every aspect of a studentís high school experience, from academic strength to extracurricular activities. Since most applicants are strong in these areas, other factors such as the essays are critical. Typical GPA: Top 10% of graduating class Typical SAT score: 600-800 on each section