It’s a busy time of year for all of you seniors out there. Knee-deep in the FAFSA and having to get everything done to finish high school. But seniors shouldn’t overlook their college applications. I decided to go to the source for some advice on college applications and asked Admissions Directors from Nebraska colleges and universities for their advice. Here is what they feel you need to know…

Prepare to apply for admission.

  • “Read admissions requirements for each school and make sure you are eligible before you apply.” Stacy Dam, Bryan College of Health Sciences
  • “At most schools, the entire admission and financial aid process is free, so never let the initial tuition, room and board cost of a college stop you from applying.” Aaron Roberts, Concordia University
  • “Start a file (digital or paper) and keep copies of everything i.e. birth certificate or letter of recommendation from a high school teacher.” Dawne Price, Nebraska Indian Community College
  • “Make at least one connection at the college who you can go to when faced with obstacles.” Ingrid Berlin, Metro Community College
  • “Try to not eliminate an institution until you have given each equal consideration (program offerings campus visit, scholarship/aid offer, other opportunities).” Kevin Hale, Wayne State College


Tour each college that interests you.

  • “64% of students who visit a college figure out if it’s a good fit, yet 77% of students never visit a college.” Rich Caldwell, Creative Center
  • “Visit, visit, visit colleges that you are interested in.” Lisa Stein, Chadron State College
  • “Visit every campus for the schools you are serious about attending so you can get the full experience.” David Odom, York College
  • “Visiting campus helps align your interest in the college with the reality. Is this a school you can see yourself wanting to attend? Can you see yourself as part of the campus?” Zen Zeiger, Clarkson College


Don’t skip anything, complete the entire application.

  • “Use a personal email address for college applications.” Marcie Strahm, Josephs College
  • “If we ask you for something, we really do need it.” Stephanie Cannon, School of Radiologic Technology
  • “Have others read your personal statement before you submit it.  Misspellings, punctuation, and incomplete sentences stand out, but not in a favorable way.” Joyce Hurst, UNMC College of Dentistry
  • “Have a copy of your transcript as many colleges will ask about the coursework you took in high school.” Abby Freeman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

What was very interesting about collecting this advice was that each of the directors wanted you to know that you can do this and they are here to help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You have a passion and desire that they are excited to see. Find the right fit and you will excel!