Talking to family and friends
Talking with your high school guidance counselor
Your college list should include approximately 6 to 8 colleges, but there isn't one magic number.
One or two colleges where you feel you'll most likely get in-a 90-100 percent chance. These are usually called safety schools.
Two to four colleges that are overall good "matches" or target schools - a 75 percent chance of getting in. These are colleges that fit academically and socially.
One or two "reach" colleges-a 25 percent or less chance of getting in. These are colleges that present an admissions challenge.
Let them know who YOU are
Make sure you are well researched
Write from the heart
Make sure you answer the question or topic of discussion
Write a couple of different versions and get feedback
Re-write it if you have to
Make sure to have it proof read carefully
Be confident and let them know what a great fit you are