College Application Checklist

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PLAN

  • Get information/application forms
  • Decide about regular application decision
  • Decide about early application decision

GRADES

  • Request high school transcript sent
  • Request midyear grade reports sent

TEST SCORES

  • 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

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS

  • 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

ESSAYS

  • 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

APPLICATIONS

  • 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.

INTERVIEWS

  • 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

FINANCIAL AID