1. most important-Leadership-don't just join a club-be president or an officer or a captain
  2. killer essays that have been thoroughly proofread-do not write about traveling or mission trips-do write about an experience that changed you
  3. when using the same essay for multiple colleges for Pete's sake make sure you change the college name when you are telling them you can't wait to go there!!
  4. Apply as early as you can
  5. If you must go to a particular college that you think will not accept you, throwing their way $100,000 plus in a donation will seal it. The more you give the better your chances
  6. Apply to local merit scholarships. National ones are virtually impossible to get
  7. AP, IB or better yet taking a college class at your local college at night will show the committee you have that extra initiative.