Considering the tough competition in the college admissions process, what do you believe is a recommendable way for a student to stand out from the pool of applicants?

We emphasize college visits. An admissions officer once said that if a student applies to a college that’s only six hours away from home and hasn’t visited at all, then he’s shooting himself in the foot. This basically implies that showing enthusiasm helps a lot in impressing the admissions officers. A student who goes to the campus and meets the admission officers will more likely get accepted than others who don’t. Other good practices are going to the college’s school fair, and sending follow-up thank you notes.