1st of 8 Steps to College Admissions, Free Course 2022

Tasks that Optimize Higher Education for Students
Free tutorial
Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (29 ratings)
5,386 students
1hr 25min of on-demand video
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How to Complete 8 Steps to Prepare Applications for College and Financial Aid
Anticipate college application requirements and deadlines
Write compelling, authentic, personal statements
Identify colleges aligned with career and life goals
Refine and discuss target, likely and dream college lists


  • This class is designed for all students, parents, mentors, and counselors who want to understand the basics of college admissions
  • Fluency in English


The 8 Steps to College Admissions is a concise guide to improve an applicant's chance of being admitted to college while reducing overall college costs and anxiety for the entire family. This course includes the 1st of 8 Steps for students, parents, mentors, and professionals looking for a simple way to discover, strategize, prepare, apply, and review offers of admission to college and financial aid. This edition has been written with essential questions for every student to ask and offers general strategies for success with admissions.

Admissions requirements can vary, but one of the most common questions of students and parents is:

What are the basic criteria for admission to college?

Three criteria often used as indicators for College Readiness are:

  1. Good grades in rigorous courses

  2. Career certification and standardized tests

  3. Demonstrated accomplishments in leadership roles.

Highly selective colleges often use more many criteria; nonetheless, these 3 criteria are primary factors in admission decisions for highly selective programs. Students can use classes at colleges with open access for advantages in more selective admissions.

The 8 Steps to College Admissions is a foundation to understand college applications, to find the perfect college, and to secure acceptances with ideal financial packages. A simple, strategic approach will help every student enter the school that is right for them. Each college has individual requirements, policies, and deadlines for admissions that may change each year; this can be frustrating for laymen, so ask an expert when you have a question.

The 8 Steps to College Admissions are:

  1. Discover College Readiness and Admissions Requirements

  2. Strategize College Preparation, Applications and Admissions

  3. Refine College List and Work Plan to Optimize Admissions

  4. Write Effective Personal Statements and Resume

  5. Prepare, Review and Submit Financial Aid Documents

  6. Prepare, Review and Submit College Applications

  7. Review Offers of Admission and Aid; File Appeals as Necessary

  8. Make Final Decisions and Complete Tasks for Enrollment

This free course is the 1st of 8 Steps that show you how to take advantage of happenstance at every step, to pursue purposeful activities inside and out of school, and to plan steps through college admissions toward career and life goals.

Who this course is for:

  • High School Students
  • Parents
  • College Counselors
  • Mentors and other who support students applying to college


Educator and Entrepreneur
Matthew C. Andrews, Ph.D.
  • 3.9 Instructor Rating
  • 29 Reviews
  • 5,386 Students
  • 1 Course

Dr. Andrews advises executives and educational leaders as well as individual students and families to reach educational goals. He shows leaders how to build school systems, education technology, and research-based programs for success in education. He conducts research on human development, evaluates school programs, designs innovative curriculum, teaches entrepreneurship, and advises leaders to meet educational goals. Dr. Andrews was the founding middle school administrator and designer of educational programs for the Yew Chung International School of Silicon Valley.

Dr. Andrews may be best known for his research on Youth Purpose and Good Work at the Stanford Center on Adolescence. He is a revolutionary teacher, administrator, and advisor for schools that defined new standards for the 21st Century, including Bullis Charter School, East Palo Alto Academy, and Singularity University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Child Adolescent Development and Education from Stanford University in 2011, as well as Masters Degrees, Teaching and Administration credentials from the University of Minnesota, University of California, UCSB and UCLA.

Admissions Consultant & Coach
Justin Wang
  • 3.9 Instructor Rating
  • 29 Reviews
  • 5,386 Students
  • 1 Course

M.B.A., Columbia University

M.A. in Asian Studies/International Economics, The Johns Hopkins University

B.A. in Political Science, UC Berkeley

Justin enjoys sharing his life experience in industry and education to help young people know themselves better on their paths to personal happiness and fulfillment. He has advised and mentored students on academic planning, extracurricular activities, and life purpose, in the process of higher education admissions advising.  Justin has helped students get accepted to institutions such as UPenn, UChicago, CalTech, Stanford, Emory, Haverford College, NYU, USC, Michigan, U of Washington, Purdue, Illinois, UC Berkeley, UCLA and more.

Justin embarked on an international career across various industries ranging from telecommunications, semiconductors, and renewable energy as well as the educational sector. He has instructed students at all grade levels, including special education, as a substitute teacher, employing a variety of instructional methods to meet student learning needs. His experience as an alumni admissions interviewer for Columbia Business School and Johns Hopkins University provides him with an inside perspective of the selection process at highly competitive academic programs.

Justin is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), and the Western Association for College Admission Consulting (WACAC). 

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