College Application Checklist
- Get information/application forms
- Decide about regular application decision
- Decide about early application decision
- Request high school transcript sent
- Request midyear grade reports sent
- Most colleges recommend that you send scores from tests such as the SAT. Colleges accept scores only from the testing organization themselves.
- Send SAT scores
- Send AP scores
- Many colleges and universities require letters of recommendation from teachers, counselor, or other individuals that know you well. Ask for your references well in advance of the deadlines to write a recommendation for you. You might want to give them a short list of accomplishments to help them write about you.
- Request recommendation letter
- Send thank-you notes or emails
- Your essays give you a chance to give admission officers a better idea of your character and strengths. Proofread your essays carefully before you send them in.
- Draft your initial essay
- Proofread essay for spelling and grammar
- Have two people read your essay
- Revise your essay
- Proofread your revision
- Applying to college is a huge job, but you can make it easier by breaking it down into a series of small steps
- Complete college applications.
- Use exact same name on all of your forms.
- Carefully review entire application.
- It’s good to have an interview, even if it’s not required. It shows you’re serious and gives you a chance to connect with someone in the admission office.
- Interview at college
- Send thank you notes or emails to interviewers
SEND AND TRACK YOUR APPLICATION
- Make copies of all application materials
- Apply online
- Include application fee
- Sign application
- Confirm receipt of application materials
- Send supplemental material, if needed
- Mail your institutional aid form, if needed
- Mail state aid form, if needed