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Getting a college education may be the most important step you can take to ensuring your future. The job market is tight, and only getting tighter. In the current economy, you need every single edge that you can give yourself to get your foot in the door. Often times it will come down to that one fine detail between you and another candidate. When push comes to shove, who do you think will get the job, you or the college-educated applicant?

That being said, it is important to understand how to get into college in the first place. It is not simply a case of announcing that you want to go and then paying your money, for the better, more popular schools, there are applications, letters, essays and requirements that need to be fulfilled. Of course, there are local community colleges that will accept anybody who can cover the tuition in most technologies, but if you have your heart set on a certain school it pays to familiarize yourself with what it takes to get in.

1. Grades, grade point averages and academic requirements: Most of the competitive schools will vie for those students who have shown the most academic prowess throughout their high school careers. Maintaining a solid GPA may give you the edge over another applicant.

In some cases, simply maintaining high grades may not be enough, however; it may come down to what courses those grades were for. Most high schools offer general and college track course, with some offering a third technical option for those who wish to pursue a trade. If you are fighting for a position in the college arena with your solid, general education grades, you may find yourself paling in comparison to the college track grades that while technically lower, look better.

2. Extracurricular, group membership and social activities: Being involved in something may make you more attractive to college recruiters who want to bring healthy, well-adjusted students to their school. Remember, you can list all clubs and sports on your application, as well as any kind of volunteer work that you have done.

3. The written application and other information and forms: Some colleges want recommendation letters from adults who know you best, some will ask for essays, and some will require both. Do pay careful attention when filling these out because the smallest error can land you on the reject pile.

4. The face-to-face interview: This is the make or break step for most potential students. If you have gotten this far, you have a far more likely chance to get in, but you can still blow the chance with a bad interview. Practice, preferably with someone familiar with the process, like a guidance counselor and follow any advice that they may have for you. Relax, be yourself, but do not become complacent.

Getting into college is only the first step to a journey that will hopefully mark the beginning of a lifetime of learning and successes. Best of luck.


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