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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - If you have a student who's starting to sort through the maze of applying to college you know how complicated and expensive it can get.

But, there is some help out there to streamline the process.

Valerie Broughton withCollege Connectors visited KARE 11 Sunrise to talk through some of the key points parents and students should keep in mind.

* Besides GPA and ACT/SAT scores, what other factors do colleges consider when deciding which applicants to admit?
* What's the key to writing a great college essay?
* What type of involvement/leadership do colleges want to see?

* What's the significance of a 'well-rounded class' in relationship to a 'well-rounded student'?