Submitting Your College Application The Right Way

Submitting Your College Application The Right Way


College Application

College attendance continues to climb as the number of students who choose higher education rises and as schools welcome an influx of students from abroad. Some universities are processing many times the number of applications than slots available, making it all the more critical that prospective students complete their applications in a timely and accurate manner. Understanding the college admission process is imperative if you are to stand the chance of acceptance. Please read on to learn the steps to take to submit your college application.

Getting Into the college of your choice — Applying to Elite U. means you will be in the company of many other students who crave an education at Harvard, Stanford, Duke and other top universities. Expect stiff competition or a possible rejection — if an elite school is what you want, then be prepared to apply to several.

Making a college choice comparison — If you have narrowed down your course of study, then making comparisons between various schools is easier to do. Figure in academics, costs, and lifestyle into the equation.

Application submission deadlines — You’ll want to make sure that your completed college application is submitted at least two weeks before the deadline. Early acceptance usually takes place in October and November while regular admissions are in January.

College application forms — Request your application from the school. Many schools are now posting this information online for easy access and download. The COMMON application form (as the name implies) is now accepted by more than 300 colleges and universities — this can be a real time saver for students and their families.

Application essays — You can expect to write one or two essays with each college application. Plan well in advance to consider what you will say and use that extra time to polish it to perfection.

Letters of recommendations — Schools typically require you to furnish one or two written recommendations from people who know you. Teachers, a guidance counselor and community leaders are among those whom you should solicit when it comes to applying to college. Make sure that you allow 3-4 weeks for recommendations to be written.

College entrance exams — Either the SAT or ACT tests are the required exams you must take for college entrance. Many students sit for both exams to make sure that they meet the requirements of any college.

High school transcripts — As every other student who is applying for college will require them, make sure that your transcript requests are submitted early in the game. Students schooled at home must learn what requirements they must meet as their aren’t any official transcripts to submit.

Extracurricular activities — Your balanced your curricular work with after school activities, perhaps marching band, cheerleading, scouting or church youth group participation. Schools are looking for well rounded students and this is your chance to showcase some of your more important activities.

Before you know it, you will be off to college thanks to plenty of advanced work on your part. To help you accomplish these tasks, please check out some helpful college planning tools and track college stats (FREE download) today. Finally getting ready for the FAFSA form is easy thanks to this form.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".