If you’re in high school, or you’ve never attended college before, chances are you’ve never applied for college admissions. So, how do you know you’re not forgetting an important step in the process?
You’ve toured one or more college campuses, right?
Unless you’re applying for admission to an early decision or a highly exclusive college, you can still keep your college options open during the winter months before high school graduation in the spring. If you haven’t, GO VISIT a college campus, and ask tons of questions. Make sure you feel good about the college(s) you’re interested in attending. Here is how to Rock your Campus Visit
Application for Admission
Many college applications for admissions are completed online, through the college’s specific website. Make sure that you successfully submit your completely filled-out application. Sometimes it is useful to have a copy of your high school transcript nearby, in case the college application asks you to self-report how many units of a certain subject (science, math, etc.) you’ve completed all throughout high school.
Did you have to pay a fee?
Some college applications require a processing fee (some colleges may waive the fee if there are certain financial limitations, such as qualifying for free and reduced-price lunch; talk to an admissions rep from that college if you have questions). Make sure that this step (if relevant to your college) isn’t delaying your application from being processed.
Make sure the admissions office isn’t waiting on you!
Many colleges have an online student portal account, where the students who applied for admission can then view any important admissions or financial aid to-do items. Other colleges may simply email you, or physically mail you a letter stating what else is required. Please stay on top of any communications they send you, to avoid delays in your process. They will communicate exactly what it is they need from you to continue processing your Admissions application.
ACT / SAT score (If required)
If a college you’re considering attending requires an entrance exam (such as the ACT or the SAT), ask yourself this: Does that college have access to your official test results? If you’re unsure, reach out to an admissions representative at that college to confirm this.
As it gets closer to High School graduation, inform your counselor of where they should send your final official high school transcript, which they usually do after you graduate. However, some colleges may require an unofficial transcript right now, just to get an idea of what classes you’ve completed in high school. Check your college’s admissions website for any such requirement.
As you’re taking care of getting into college, don’t forget about how you’re going to pay for it. The FAFSA becomes available October 1 every year. If you need assistance filling out your FAFSA, check out this demo video or feel free to reach out to your nearest EducationQuest office.
Apply! Apply! Apply! Here are 4 Great Tips for keeping you organized in your scholarship process, and remember, every scholarship has its own unique deadline.
Best of luck!