College Confidential’s “Dean,” Sally Rubenstone, put together 25 of her best tips. So far, the "25 Tips from the Dean" eBook has helped more than 10K students choose a college, get in, and pay for it. Get your free copy: http://goo.gl/9zDJTM
I just wanted to say that I am proof that it is not. As an undergrad I had to spread my work out over 8 years, due to the fact that I had a family and no real help. I was poor, worked two jobs (one as a hotel desk clerk and one as a busboy) while I went to school and my grades suffered. I took down a BS but did so with a 2.2 grade point average. I was able to land a teaching job to gain some work experience and started making a lot more money than a desk clerk makes (but still not a ton, about 35k a year). I was able to get into a Masters program that was associated with my alternative certification program here in Texas. I made the most of that opportunity, and since I didn't have to worry about how I was going to pay the light bill or feed by children, I excelled in that program. I finished with above a 3.5 Masters gpa. I took the GRE and my scores were not out of this world, but a little above the average. I taught for the entire time I took down my Masters, so when I applied recently I had three years of work experience, a good Masters gpa and a horrible undergraduate gpa. I also had a really strong story about how I got my butt kicked by life for about 9 years, but at the age of 29 I had come out of it. Today I got my acceptance letter from Teachers College at Columbia University. If I could get into an Ivy League school, anyone can. So don't let someone on here shoot you down and tell you that you cannot do it, motivate yourself, work hard, and get it done.