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  • Writer's pictureJody B. Miller

Why You Need to Start Early on Your College List: Unlock Your Dream School with College Bound


August is almost here, and it's the perfect time to ramp up your college application preparations.


If you’re aiming for the college or university of your dreams, starting early is crucial.


Our new course, College Bound, launching on August 1st, provides a step-by-step guide (and much more) to help you navigate this important journey.


Here’s why you need to start early when making your list of colleges and universities to apply to and how our course can be your ultimate guide.


The Early Bird Gets the Worm: Why Timing Matters

Starting early on your college list offers numerous advantages. It allows you ample time to research, visit campuses, and prepare stellar applications. The competition for top colleges is fierce, and those who plan ahead often stand out. August is the month to narrow down your choices and strategize your application plan.


How Many Schools Should You Apply To?

Deciding how many colleges to apply to can be challenging. Apply to too few, and you might limit your chances; apply to too many, and you might spread yourself too thin. A balanced approach is key. Aim for a mix of:


  1. Safety Schools: Schools where your academic credentials exceed the school's average acceptance statistics.

  2. Match Schools: Schools where your academic credentials are on par with the school's average acceptance statistics.

  3. Reach Schools: Schools where your academic credentials are below the school's average acceptance statistics.


Typically, applying to 6-8 schools is a good number: 2 safety, 3-4 match, and 2 reach schools. Our College Bound course will help you determine the right number based on your unique profile and goals.


Hint: One of my children applied to 18. Yes, 18! More on this in the course.

The Top Three Things to Look for When Creating Your List

When it comes to selecting the right colleges, consider these three essential factors:

  1. Academic Fit: Does the school offer the programs and majors you’re interested in? Look at the faculty, research opportunities, and academic support services.

  2. Campus Culture: Can you see yourself thriving in the school’s environment? Consider factors like campus size, location, extracurricular activities, and social life.

  3. Financial Aid and Scholarships: What kind of financial support does the school offer? Investigate scholarships, grants, work-study programs, and overall affordability.

  4. Sports: If that is of key importance to you, it can help immensely.


Highlighting Early Action and Early Decision Schools

August is the ideal month to identify schools that offer early action or early decision options. These programs can significantly boost your chances of acceptance. Early decision is binding, meaning if you get in, you’re committed to attending. Early action is non-binding, giving you more flexibility.


Types of Schools to Consider

Whether you’re aiming for the Ivy Leagues, top liberal arts colleges, or schools with strong sports programs, our course covers it all. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Ivy League Schools: Known for their rigorous academics and prestige.

  • Top Liberal Arts Colleges: Focus on undergraduate teaching and small class sizes.

  • D-1 or D-3 Sports Schools: Offer varying levels of athletic competition and support.


Your Path to Success Starts Now

With College Bound, you’ll have access to expert advice, insider tips, and comprehensive support to craft a winning college application strategy. Our course covers everything from SAT and ACT prep to essay writing and interview techniques.


Don’t wait until it’s too late.


Start early, be strategic, and let College Bound guide you every step of the way.


Visit Raising Great Kidz to enroll and take the first step towards unlocking your dream school.


August is the month to get started. Are you ready to make your college dreams a reality?

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