It’s time to dust off that pile of college brochures collecting in the corner of your bedroom, and get rollin’ with filling out college applications. Ok, ok, so the prom is coming up, you have to order your gown for graduation, and the SAT exam is on Saturday morning, but there are deadlines to meet and college is calling your name.
A college application tip: once you have narrowed down your choices to four to six institutions, you should make a list of each college’s admissions and financial aid deadlines. Even if you are a qualified applicant, one day past the set date can spoil your chances of getting in. You can access applications and deadlines in the brochures, at your guidance office, or on the college’s Web site.
If you are a computer whiz or an Instant Messaging guru, then you may want to think about applying online. Many colleges will waive the application fee if you apply electronically, since it saves them a lot of paperwork. The downfall to doing your college application on the computer is that you usually have to do it all in one sitting. Some systems still aren’t set up to allow you to save the data and return to it later to fill in missing details.
Filling out the same questions and information over and over for each different school may seem somewhat tedious, so you might want to check out the Common Application for college admission. Similar to sending your SAT scores to a variety of schools, with the Common Application for college admission, you can fill out one questionnaire and send it to all schools that accept it. Check out the Common Application for the lowdown. Remember that you will still need to pay the application fee to each individual college.
Beyond your name, address, and high school’s name, college applications often require supplemental information. These requirements vary from writing a college admission essay to teacher recommendations to midyear reports to SAT II subject tests, so it is essential to find out what needs to accompany your application. Like passing your driver’s license exam with flying colors, if you prepare ahead of time, follow the signs, and complete the examiner’s request, you will get through the college application process with highway speed.