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A List of the Best Ways to Get into College

written by: Mark-James McDougall•edited by: Amanda Grove•updated: 7/1/2010

Applying and being accepted into the college of your choice may be a little difficult depending on the college and the subject you wish to major in. This article highlights some of the best ways to get into college, and how to make your college application the best possible.

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    Getting into college requires that you follow certain guidelines in order to have the best application possible. For many colleges, not only do you need good grades, but you also need something that will make you stand out from other students. This article will outline some of the best ways to get into college as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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    Grades are important

    A major section that your college application focuses on is your overall academic performance. If you are still in high school, you must ensure that you are performing as well as possible in order to maintain good grades. In the United States, many colleges use the ACT or SAT tests in order to select new students, so it is very important that you study and do as well as possible on these exams.

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    Work on developing an impressive resume

    When numerous college applicants with similar grades are being reviewed, more often than not a student with an impressive background will be the candidate the college chooses. This means that taking part in extracurricular activities and volunteering for various causes is really important. Do you enjoy volunteering your time to help clean up beaches? If so, make sure to put this on your application and let colleges know that you are a valued member of your community. If you do not currently volunteer, I recommend getting involved by either talking to your school guidance counselor about potential volunteering opportunities, or join a charity with a cause that you support. Not only will you feel good volunteering, but it will also help you to acquire many important life skills, while at the same time building up a resume that colleges will certainly be interested in. Sports also count as extracurricular activities, so if you play a sport, make sure to mention it. Alternatively, helping to coach younger players also counts as a volunteer activity, so if you enjoy sports and coaching, this is a viable option to try.

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    Teachers are your friends

    Many times throughout high school, you have probably had a teacher that you really got along well with, and received an excellent grade in the course. If this is the case, get in touch with that teacher, and see if they can write you a letter of recommendation that you can submit along with your completed college application. There are plenty of teachers will gladly do this for you, and many colleges look very favorably on these type of letters.

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    The best ways to get into college are those that involve hard work and effort. However, if you are willing to take the time to do well in school and partake in numerous extracurricular activities, then your chances of getting accepted into the college of your choice are quite high.