The College Admissions Process. Once you are at least partly complete with the college search process, the next issue is being admitted. The college admissions process need not be overly stressful if your choices aren't extremely selective. If you are applying to more selective schools, or to popular programs that tend to be more selective than the school as a whole, you will have to work a bit harder to prepare an application that highlights your strongest features. And if you are targeting extremely selective schools, like Ivy League schools or others of comparable selectivity, the admissions phase will be challenging and require significant effort on your part.