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

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