For a stress-free and successful college application process, you
should begin looking at schools during your junior year of high school.
As you identify good possibilities, you’ll need to take a few steps to
ensure that you’re ready to apply. This guide will outline those steps,
- Taking admissions exams
- Writing personal statements and entrance essays
- Getting letters of recommendation
- Doing interviews and campus visits
addition, you’ll find a plethora of resources to help you on your
journey. If you’re applying to a 2-year or technical program at a
community college, or an online program, you’ll have different
requirements than if you apply to a 4-year university. While all
applicants typically need to submit an application, transcripts, and
some type of test score (ACT, SAT, or an independent test from the
school), 4-year school applicants have more materials to submit, often
including an essay and letters of recommendation.
Luckily, over 500 colleges and universities accept the Common Application,
which is designed to facilitate easy application to multiple schools.
You’ll include oft-requested information about your demographics,
family, education, activities and awards, then send that one application
to different schools. Even if a school doesn’t accept the Common App,
much of the required information is similar, so you’ll be able to easily
transfer application details.
Let’s get started!