College Acceptance

Read about how to apply to college, what to do when you are accepted at more than one, what a waitlist is, and more.

What to Ask Your School Counselor about the ACT, SAT, and Your GPA

When you're a high school senior, it is worth your time to discuss your GPA and your ACT and/or SAT scores with your school counselor.

By Brian Pivik updated on August 11, 2015

Peterson's Ultimate Guide to Getting Into College

Getting into college is rarely as easy as turning in an application to one or two schools. Shrewd students begin preparing for college years before it’s time to apply — sometimes as early as middle school. The application process can be intimidating, but with proper preparation and support from family, students will find themselves ripping open acceptance letters in no time. This guide outlines some great online resources that can help you navigate this process.

By Ryan Hickey updated on May 04, 2015

College Acceptance: Choosing a School When More than One Accepts You

By the time March and April arrive, you're hopefully getting what you asked for -- multiple college admission letters. This is the ideal time to re-visit campuses (or visit them for the first time), and determine which college choices are best. May 1 is your deadline for deciding on a school and putting down a deposit, so use your remaining time wisely and productively.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2013

What to Do if You Don't Get a College Acceptance

In an ideal world, you'll have started your college search early, created a list with a good mix of favorite and safety schools, and gotten a college acceptance — if not to your first choice, at least to a school that you're still excited about.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 31, 2013

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What the Waitlist or a Deferral Means for Your College Acceptance

Waitlisted. Application deferred. You put in your college application and that's the response you got! Even after you spent hours filling out forms and laboring over the perfect essay!

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

What You Can Do While Waiting for College Acceptance Offers

Now that the hard work of filling out applications and writing essays is over, you may think all that's left to do is to wait anxiously for an admission decision about your college future.

By Howard and Matthew Greene updated on January 30, 2013

Top Five Admissions Scandals of the Last Five Years

Both applicants and school officials occasionally try to rig the admissions game for their own benefit. Here’s a look back at the 5 most famous college admissions scandals of the last 5 years.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 30, 2013

How Test Scores May Impact Your College Acceptance

In general, it's fair to say that admission officials prefer students who demonstrate their ability to perform well in school.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

How Hooks Influence Your College Acceptance

A hook, in admission parlance, is any advantage that makes you attractive to a particular college. This varies from school to school and from year to year. You may try to hide your hooks, preferring to be admitted on only your merit, or you may choose to fight furiously to exploit even your most inconsequential connections.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

Extracurricular Activity Involvement Affects College Acceptance

Colleges aren't terribly picky about how you spend your down time, as long as you're doing something meaningful. They won't know if you spend hours upon hours playing video games; they will certainly notice a lack of notable activities on your college application.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

College Acceptance: Making the Final Cut

When the admission committee at a college is meeting, what do you think you might hear during the process of making an admission decision?

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 28, 2013

What to Do with Those College Acceptance Letters

Congratulations! After hours spent trolling the Web, poring over books and catalogs, taking tests, visiting campuses, filling out stacks of paperwork, writing and rewriting your application essay, and, last but not least, keeping up your grades — you're done! All that's left to do now is to wait and see about college acceptance.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 28, 2013

College Acceptance and Your Essay, Recommendation Letters, and Interview

Your college acceptance relies on many parts of your application, and there are three items that typically are not the main factors, but can still influence the admission decision if the officials are undecided.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 28, 2013

College Acceptance: How to Determine Your Hook to Get In

If you're like a lot of people, you probably believe that getting into a good college requires you to be the "model" candidate. Maybe you wrote it all down and somewhere, amongst all your college brochures, applications, and financial aid forms.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 28, 2013

College Acceptance and How the Admission Decision is Made

This may come as a surprise, but the college acceptance process doesn't include tossing applications down the stairwell and accepting those students whose folders reach the bottom step. It's more like chefs with big mixing bowls — and you're responsible for providing the right ingredients.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 28, 2013

College Acceptance: Saying Yes or No to a College

Once you have received an admission decision from an institution to which you applied, there are several important steps that must be taken for college acceptance. Don’t delay! You don’t want to miss a deadline for college acceptance and not be able to attend.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 28, 2013

Ask the Experts: College Acceptance

Read actual questions from students about college acceptance and see answers and advice from college planning and admissions experts

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 27, 2013

Academics and College Acceptance

In evaluating your application, your high school transcript is almost always the most important ingredient. (Keep in mind that there are exceptions to this rule, especially for students in areas like art, music, and drama.)

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 23, 2013
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