How to Get Into a Top College

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If you have a student who is entering high school or is currently enrolled in a college preparatory school, you already know that the race to get into a top college begins as early as middle school. Fortunately, premier private schools offer extensive college counseling and unparalleled opportunities to personally meet with admissions teams from the very best universities in the country. As you begin your search for the perfect college, keep these tips in mind.

Start Early
Is your high school student convinced that she wants to attend Harvard? Whether your daughter is set on Stanford or your son is committed to studying at Princeton, the top 10 universities in the United States draw the most exceptional students from all over the world. To get a leg up on the competition, start as early as possible. It’s a good idea to take as many advanced courses as possible, and try to take four solid years of a foreign language. 

Challenge Yourself
Setting goals for yourself now is not only essential for getting into a top college; it also teaches bright students the discipline they need to excel once they arrive. Individual students learn differently and have disparate interests, and college admissions teams look to see that a high school student has developed her unique strengths. While taking as many AP courses as possible is always a good idea, well-rounded candidates also excel in activities such as sports, student government, or part-time jobs.

Explain Errors
As you prepare college applications, remember that few students have perfect academic records. If your grades dipped one semester or you struggled with your workload, use your personal essay to explain what went wrong and how you learned and grew from the experience.

At The Quarry Lane School, our specialized College Preparatory Track prepares high school students for the academic rigors of higher education. Our broad spectrum of AP courses encourages high achievers to gain university credits before they graduate from high school, and our small courses and personalized attention help to ensure that all students excel. To learn more, call our Dublin, CA private school campus at (925) 394-4644 today.

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