When creating a personalized, comprehensive college list, plan to dedicate ample time to researching what schools among the thousands out there fit your academic stats, academic and extracurricular interests, and your preferences in regard to location, size, culture, and prestige. Remember: it's important to understand not just what each school costs, but also what financial aid it tends to offer students and how that aligns with your family’s financial resources.
By gathering and studying this information, you’ll be able to take a data-based approach that ensures that your college list not only has a balanced range of reach, target, and safety schools—but also that every school you apply to is one that you would be delighted to attend. Putting a
Completing Your College Applications: 10 Tips
Once you've narrowed down the list of schools you're interested in, complete an application for each.
Start your applications early enough to complete them by the deadlines. Deadlines are usually between January 1 and February 15, although they may be earlier if you are applying early admission.
Most of the mistakes on college applications are the result of not following the instructions. Don't let this happen.
Leaving blank fields or providing incomplete responses makes it look like you weren't paying attention. Take care to be thorough.
And after you're done proofreading, give it to someone else to proofread! Typos on your college application are just sloppy.
Admissions staff will verify the info you provide, so keep it on the up and up. Don't exaggerate your accomplishments. Honesty is always the best policy.
Use teachers, counselors, and others who know you well, both inside and outside the classroom. Give them enough time to write thoughtful and considerate recommendations, and be sure to thank them.
The essay is the only opportunity you have to explain why you are different from other applicants. Be original and make it personal.
Notify your counselor's office of your application deadlines so your transcripts don't arrive late.
Keep copies of your applications, your recommendations letters, your essays, and all other materials that are part of the application process. You never know if something will be lost in transit.
Contact each of your schools to make sure they have received your application materials. If anything is missing, supply it immediately.