By Kim Lifton
Wow Writing Workshop
High school students, Michigan State University’s Director of Admissions James Cotter has an important message to share with you about where you will get into college.
“Everyone can be admitted somewhere,” said Cotter, a 30-year veteran of the college admissions office. “Don’t worry so much about getting in; worry about getting out. Where can you be admitted that you can succeed?”
During his tenure, Cotter has accumulated quite a bit of first-hand knowledge about what it takes to get into college, as well as what it takes to succeed once you get there.
First, you have to be qualified. Make sure your grades and test scores match the school’s requirements. And always keep in mind, the college application essay can help you!
“It’s value-added,” Cotter told Wow. “At a moderately selective school, the essay can pull a student on the cusp up. At a highly selective school, a poor statement can make the difference between being admitted or not.”
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Wow Writing workshop has updated our Facebook page to help make the college admissions experience a little bit easier for you.
Using the newest Facebook updates for fan pages, we’ve added several links to pages containing information on colleges; we uploaded a few specific sites for information about admissions.
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