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The Application Process

The application process can be overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be. Just remember to be organized and meet all deadlines.

Here's a brief overview of the application process:

  • Take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Talk with your guidance counselor about dates and details.
  • Narrow down your list of colleges by the fall of your senior year.
  • Take campus tours of your narrowed down list of colleges.
  • Gather applications for the colleges you are interested in applying to. Know the requirements and deadline for each application. Keep a file for each college. Most applications are due in the fall of your senior year.
  • Allow enough time to complete the applications and gather all the information you need.
  • Get recommendation letters from your counselor, teacher, mentor, or employer.
  • Write your application essay.
  • Ask your guidance counselor to send transcripts. Be sure to give them deadlines.
  • Look for acceptance letters and financial aid award packages by April of your senior year.
  • Compare aid offers, go on campus tours, and notify the school of your choice by May 1.

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