In 2007, nearly 70% of high school students who graduated went onto college. But, getting into a great school is not so easy. The top schools in the country have acceptance rates of less than 10%. Approaching the application to these schools requires a different expertise level.
Think about what a top school wants in their students. Not only do they want students who are academically gifted, they want students who will become leaders in whatever field they chose and represent them well as alumni.
Great schools are looking for students who are going to make them proud. That doesn’t have anything to do with their eventual salary or title, rather how they conduct themselves in the world. If you are a Harvard, Columbia or Princeton Alumnus, when you meet someone who went to your school you have a sense of connection. You know that that person has had an exceptional education and shares many traits in common with you.
This is why Ivy League schools and the like work so hard to recruit great students. They want students who years from now will be a good representative of their brand. In order to get into a top school, you need to convince them that you will be exactly that.
So how do you convince a top tier college that you have what it takes? Let’s start with some basics.
Top tier college are looking for students who will add to their alumni network and make them proud.
You have to be academically excellent with great grades and standardized test scores. You have to be a leader, demonstrating the skills and qualities it takes to lead a group of people in an endeavor. You have to be curious, not satisfied with the status quo and looking to push the boundaries of art, medicine, science, math or whatever other field you chose. You must be a conscientious member of society, making every person you meet better.
Many students will go onto college. In order to get into a top tier school you need to demonstrate some of the above. UniversityCoach can help you bring out the best in your application to these top tier schools with our award winning admissions consulting program.