We get it. The college application process can be a beast. No joke. Not only are the stakes super high—this is your future, after all—but there also seems to be a never-ending list of dos and don’ts for every step along the way. The good news is that a blogger visited eight campuses for some inside scoop on getting in, and she's sharing what she learned with you. Some of it isn’t going to be too shocking, but there are a few nuggets to store away for when you're ready to apply.
The most revealing takeaway? Universities are businesses. At the end of the day, they gotta make money to stay open. That's why they're totally looking for students who will give back in some way to the school. So to really get their attention, you should make sure your application is loaded with info about your specific journey and experiences. The blog post also offers up a bunch of other great advice, like networking, narrowing down your choices, and telling colleges how much you’d love to learn at their school. Let them know that you have tons of choices for where to attend college, but they only have one shot at you.