Ways You Can Stand Out When Applying to Colleges

By Michaela October 20, 2021 College Application Early Admission Press Summer Plans

With college admissions increasingly getting more competitive, applicants are searching for innovative ways to stand out to their top colleges. Even the best students find themselves on the waitlist or rejected from top schools on their list. If your heart is set on attending a highly selective school, then you should start planning on ways to get your resume and application to stand out from the crowded field.

Get Published

Proving that you are a good writer through top grades and high SAT scores is one thing, but earning a byline is an excellent way to distinguish yourself. You can get started by writing for your school newspaper, and then reach out to local publications and pitch them that you can write articles from a student’s perspective.

If you don’t think you want to commit to writing for an established publication, you can also self-publish. Write a Medium post or a personal blog about the research you have completed, or summer camp and volunteer experiences. If you don’t have a blog yet, you can start one for free with WordPress, Tumblr or Wix.

Start A New Group

Find your passion and think outside the box to bring your interests to the rest of the community. If you love doing arts or crafts, you could consider starting a weekly summer program for local children. You could even visit a nursing home and do simple arts with the residents. Growing the group shows initiative and displays your leadership skills and resourcefulness to college admission officers.

Making your high school resume more impressive to colleges isn’t as challenging as you might think. Read all of our tips in our article on Apple News