Preparing for College
The college admissions process is highly competitive and becoming more so each year. To improve your odds of getting in and receiving the necessary funding to attend, you must know the workings of the admissions process, and how it goes hand in hand with the institution’s financial aid strategies.
Colleges are in the business of providing higher education to our nation. The key word here is business. Institutions have a very definite business approach when it comes to offering admission and funding to a prospective student.
For example, a college or university will typically offer admission to three (3) times as many students as they need. Why? They know that only one-third of those offered admission will attend and the remaining two-thirds won't. Colleges want their seats full, and will typically over-book the flight to make sure they are. It's not good or bad – it’s simply business.
The good news is that you can turn the process in your favor by making yourself as attractive as possible to the schools and keeping your options open.