-COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS-
Anatomy of the College Application
Applying to college can feel overwhelming but it doesn’t have to if you stay organized.
The application process starts the summer before your senior year, and in the fall of your senior year.
COLLEGE APPLICATION FORMS & DEADLINES
There are different college admission forms, and each college determines what form it requires.
Each college will have its own deadline, but deadlines begin in the early fall of your senior year.
COLLEGE APPLICATION FEES
Fees vary but generally range from $35-60 for each application, and are nonrefundable. Many colleges offer fee waivers to students who can't afford to pay.
HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT
Ask your counselor to arrange for your transcripts to be sent to the colleges you are applying to. Be sure to advise them of the college's deadline.
You'll need a resume for some college applications, as well as applying for a job, internship or volunteer position.
Get help writing your resume.
ADMISSION TEST SCORES
Your SAT or ACT test scores must be sent by the testing company.
Learn more about college entrance exams.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Many colleges require letters of recommendation. Ask someone who knows you well, and be sure to give them plenty of time to write the letter.
Your college essay gives colleges a better insight as to who you are, and why you would be a good fit at their college.
Learn how to write a strong essay.
While it's not usually mandatory, you can choose to schedule an interview with the admissions office, or an alumni who lives near you.