Once you have narrowed down the list of schools you are interested in, you will need to complete an application for each one. (Approximately 500 schools accept the Common Application.)
Important steps include:
- Know your deadlines.
- Read the instructions.
- Provide all of the requested information.
- Proofread, proofread, proofread.
- Be honest.
- Choose your recommendations wisely.
- Make sure your essay represents who you are.
- Request copies of your high school transcripts.
- Keep copies of everything.
- Confirm that your application materials arrived.
Researching colleges is vitally important to determine where you want to apply. Much of this research can be done online now, with some sites even offering 3D tours of campuses and live forums to ask questions from real students.
If possible, visit the schools near the top of the list to get a better feel for campus life and the student body. Another good route to learning more specific colleges is attending college fairs, info sessions with visiting admissions representatives, or talking to current students. You can begin researching colleges at any point, but by 11th grade, the process should be underway.
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