Applying to College Courtney Keating and Tara Dawkins

Step 1: Filling out the application

a) common application

b) rolling admission- universities will look at the applications that were sent first. Your chances are greater the earlier you apply.

c) college specific application- this is where the university has an application specific to them. Don't add extra information they didn't ask for.

Step 2: Write the admissions essay

Each college will have their own prompt. Be sure to answer what they're asking. It's very important to proofread your essay. While content is important, it does not look good to have grammatical errors. A good time to start your rough draft is summer before your senior year.

Step 3: Letters of Recomendation

Most colleges will ask for a couple letters of recommendation. It's better to have a core teacher write one. Be sure to ask them a month prior from the due date.

Step 4: The Interview

This is the part where people get nervous. Although, this isn't typically when the college makes a decision. They care more about the application and essay. It's a good idea to talk about why you want to attend that specific college. This is also a good time to ask questions.

Step 5: Making a decision

Depending on the person, this could be fairly easy or really difficult and stressful. Where you go is going to determine where you go after that. For each university, make a pros and cons list. It may become more clear visually. Going on college visits is strongly encouraged.

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