Wondering “What can I do to increase my chances of getting into college?” Then you’re not alone. While having a high GPA may seem like the obvious route, strengthening your chances of getting into college actually can come from a few different avenues.
The first step to improving your college admissions chances is understanding the level of preparation and achievement your college choices are looking for. Learn about the qualities colleges value and how to improve your college preparation. You can become a stronger candidate for admission and increase your admissions chances. Read more in each category below:
- Challenge Yourself: Show Colleges You're Ready
- How Do You Get Into an Honors Class?
- Get Credit with Advanced Placement
- Take AP Online
- What Is the International Baccalaureate?
- Taking College Classes in High School
- 14 Tips to Improve Your GPA
PSAT, SAT, ACT, Oh My!
- Know Your College Admissions Tests
- 6 Reasons to Take the PSAT
- The SAT: What You Need to Know
- SAT Testing Updates
- The ACT: What You Need to Know
- ACT Testing Updates
- Getting SAT and ACT Test Fees Waived
- ACT or SAT? Which is Best for You?
- Tips to Improve Your SAT and ACT Scores
- The SAT Subject Tests: What You Need to Know
- What Are Your Test Prep Options?
- 4 Things to Know Before Applying to a Test-Optional College
Out of the Classroom
How Colleges Admit Students
Your Plan to Get Into College
- A Fall Get-Into-College Plan for Seniors
- How Likely Are You to Get In?
- Improve Your Admission Chances
- Do's and Don'ts for High School Seniors
- A Fall Get-Into-College Plan for Juniors
- Spring College To-Do List for Juniors
COVID-19: Tips and Resources for Students
- 7 Back-to-School Tips to Help Manage an Uncertain Autumn
- Tips and Resources for Summer SAT Prep, ACT Prep and PSAT Prep
- Your Financial Aid and COVID-19: What You Need to Know (June 11)
- 5 Things to Consider When Making Your Fall College Plans (May 30)
- How to Spend Less Money in College During and After COVID-19 (May 23)
- 8 Resources to Help You Manage the Changing College Admissions Landscape During COVID-19 (May 15)
- 10 Resources to Help You Cope, Keep Up, and Plan for College During COVID-19 (April 2)
When you apply to college, attention to detail really matters! If you develop a plan for completing your college applications, you are more likely to submit all your college application materials on time. Check out our advice on college interviews and letters of recommendation, and how to make your college applications stand out.
Be a College Application Know-It-All
- Get Started with Your College Applications
- Do Your Best with Apps! Get Organized!
- Tips for Using One Application to Apply to Many Schools
- Get to Know the Common Application
- Get to Know the Coalition Application
- Colleges That Accept the Coalition Application
- Should You Include Something Extra with Your Application?
- Getting College Application Fees Waived
- Applying to College as a Transfer Student
- 5 Ways to Get a Head Start on Your College Apps This Summer
The Ins and Outs of Applying Early
- Should You Apply Early Admission?
- Is Early Decision Right for You?
- When Applying Early Action Makes Sense
Create Outstanding Applications
- Make Your College Applications Stand Out
- Application Do's and Don'ts
- How to Shine in Your College Application Essay
- 7 Ways to Improve Your Essay
- How to Write Your Common Application Essay
- How to Write a College Resume
- How to Get the Best Letters of Recommendation
- 6 Steps to Start Your College Essay
Be an Outstanding Applicant
- Get the Most from Your College Interviews
- Ten Tips for Successful College Interviews
- How to Demonstrate Your Interest to Colleges
Until College Admissions Decisions Arrive
- 6 Ways to Fight Application Stress
- How to Survive Until Decisions Arrive
- Don't Catch Senioritis!
- 4 Ways to Demonstrate Interest after Submitting Your Application
Your Final Answer
- How College Visits Can Help You Choose a College
- How to Make a Great College Choice
- Rejected! How to Cope and What to Do
- You've Been Admitted to College! What's Next?
- Make the Most of a Spring Admission
- Getting a Good Start As a Transfer Student
- Deferred? Here's What to Do Next
- Waitlisted! Now What?