Applying to college may seem like an overwhelming, pressure-filled process. So many steps, so many college choices. Just as colleges have a rigorous process for accepting students, you should have a thorough process to selecting and applying to college—it is your future!
Typical College Application Steps
· College application calendar – Use this application calendar to increase your chances of getting into the college or your choice.
· School research and selection – Because this is one of the most important decisions to be made in one’s life, it deserves enough time and attention to find the college that best fits your needs and goals. Make a list that includes your most desired college and great alternatives colleges should you not get accepted to your first choice. Areas to evaluate when selecting colleges you want to apply to:
o Accrediting agencies and standing of the college
o Academic reputation is competitive and can provide the knowledge needed to find a good job, or can meet need to continue college educational pursuit (other degrees, graduate degrees).
o Location – Campus or Online?
> Campus – Convenience, safety, resources
> Online – State-of-the-art online technologies, support for online students
o Job placement resources and reputation
· College testing – Know the college's testing requirements (types of tests) and minimum test scores required. Start college testing early so you can work on any areas needing improvement.
· Application process – Know what each college requires for applications—both the forms and the checklists, and anything beyond these to give you an edge over other student applicants. Most college applications requirements: applications, college essay, college exam test scores and recommendations.
· College campus visits/Online school interviews – The college admissions department should know you and remember you personally. They should know how important their college is to you and why. When visiting the campus visit—spend lots of time looking around, talking to students and visiting the campus security department.
· Getting financial aid – Funding your college degree may seem intimidating, but there are many options and resources available to you: scholarships, federal grants, federal student loans, state financial aid and work-study programs. It will be well worth doing lots of research and applications. Learn more about Financial Aid and College Scholarships >>