If I may conflate two famous icons of literature and motion pictures, with this post I'd like to say that the Yellow Brick Road of college admissions can lead down a very frustrating rabbit hole. Now that I've captured your derision regarding my questionable liberal arts background, let me offer amends through some (what I think is) helpful information about applying to college.
As I do often here on Admit This!, allow me to look back across the decades of several college processes with which I'm familiar: my own and those of my children. Speaking for myself, I represent what most of my readers would consider a "Dark Ages" applicant. I knew that college was something to strive for, but I just really didn't know how the "getting in" process worked.