It's almost april, and college acceptance season is in full bloom. THrough it all, I have one piece of advice for everybody who plans to apply for college, or if your kids are I suggest you pass this message on:
APPLY EARLY DECISION
There's two early decision type things. One is binding, so if you get accepted you must attend. I don't recommend that. But the other one, that almost all colleges offer, is the early decision. I ahve read that applying early decision increases your odds of getting in, I heard "it's like adding 100pts to your SAT score".
Most importantly though, is that you will know what you are doing by January 1. It sucks when it's March and you have no idea where you will be going, or what you will be doing, in 6 months from now. That's the situation I am in now, and I hate it.
If you apply early admission and do not get accepted to a school you want, you still have time to apply again for regular admission, or regular admission for other schools. It's basically a second chance.