Application Process Tips
- Narrow your list of colleges to between 5 and 10. Visit as many colleges as possible. DON’T put all your eggs in one basket by only choosing and applying to one school. Have a plan B and a plan C ready to go just in case.
- Make a master calendar and note:
- Test dates
- College application due dates
- Required financial aid application and deadlines
- Recommendations, transcripts and other necessary materials
- Ask for recommendations from people who KNOW you! (teachers, counselors, coaches, pastors, employers, etc.) If you are requesting a letter of recommendation from a counselor, complete the “recommendation form” which is located in the college and career center.
- Write application essays and ask teachers, parents and friends to read first drafts—use spell and grammar checks.
- Take the SAT and ACT
Applying early action or early decision:
- November 1: for early admissions, colleges may require test scores and applications in early November
- Send your SAT and/or ACT scores
- Ask if your college offers an early estimate of financial aid and eligibility
- Complete FAFSA as soon as possible. More money is available in the fall than in the spring—many priority deadlines for financial aid fall in February.