Applying to College

You are a junior in high school worrying about finals, your SAT score, and the girl you like in your Math class and you just don't have the time or knowledge on how to apply to college. You have been working really hard the past few years just to get to this point. What do you do need to get into college? What steps do you need to take? What aspects and criteria should you consider? OST has put together a top 8 list of things you need to consider before applying to colleges. These steps will make your decision process a lot easier and less stressful! If you have any questions or need any guidance or tutoring near San Diego, LA, San Jose, or the Bay Area, please contact us and we would love to help!

There is a college for every type of student.

The USA has 4,000 degree-granting institutions. Almost all of them accept the majority of applicants, only a small number of elite schools accept less than half the people who apply. Hundreds of colleges accept almost everyone who applies. With some hard work you are guaranteed to attend college.

Understand the criteria of the colleges you would like to apply to.

It is important to have a realistic view of what your credentials are and what those schools you apply to require. Try to match your own grades and special abilities with the standards for the school you want to attend. This will help you set up attainable goals for the near and distant future.

Visit a few colleges on your short and long list.

Many factors play into which college you would like to attend. Do you want to go to a school of 35,000 students? Or go to a school of 7,000-8,000 students? Do you want a city campus or a country campus? A particular religious group? It is important to get a good feel of the college campus you would like to attend. You might find some colleges not to be the right match for you and some colleges to be the perfect match.

Successfully complete high school or an academic equivalent (such as a GED).

This will ensure you completing a successful college application. Request a tutor from us to guarantee completion of high school with high grades. For any community college all you need is a GED to apply and just after 1 year you can transfer to a 4-year college.

Take the SAT or ACT test.

It is imperative to prepare yourself for either one or both exams. This will aid in getting acceptance to any college on your short or long list. Make sure which test you need to take for the colleges you are applying to. Remember, if you think you need a SAT tutor in the Bay Area, San Diego, San Jose, or LA, we've got you covered.

Take advantage of scholarships.

Be aware of the colleges you apply to and apply for academic scholarships. If you are unsure try to contact the admissions office of the college

Apply to colleges that you only feel comfortable attending.

This might not sound like a smart thing to do. You feel you just want to get into college. However, it is important to apply to colleges you will enjoy spending the next 4 or more ears at.

Remember to thank people who write your recommendation letter.

It goes far to always thank the people who take the time to write your recommend letter. They can always help again in the future for jobs or graduate school.