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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Freshman Year

Enroll in strong college prep courses. These classes can prepare you for the workload that awaits in college. College admissions officers want to see that you’ve taken challenging courses. In fact, colleges routinely put more weight on grades and the strength of your high school’s curriculum than they do on standardized test scores.

Meet with high school counselor. Find out what classes you need to take during the next four years to satisfy, at a minimum, the requirements of your state universities. Also ask about academic coursework that private schools might require.

Get extra help. If necessary, find a tutor for difficult subjects and/or attend summer school.

Volunteer and join. It’s easy to become cynical when contemplating ...

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