Apply to College

Understand the process and follow through

The application process to a college or university can seem daunting, but it is really just a series of easily negotiable tasks. Like a construction worker's "punch list" of things to accomplish in a set order, your application will have a list of items to "punch out," one-by-one.

Note: By design, college applications are time-sensitive. Deadline dates are not negotiable. A day late is too late, every time! Colleges figure if you can't meet application deadlines, you are not ready to meet academic deadlines, either. It may seem unfair, but that's the way it is. Be on time!

While the list might vary slightly, depending on the type of school, basically every application will have the following:

  • An application form
  • Requirement for previous school transcripts – all schools including high school and any college courses you've ever taken
  • An application essay: This is your chance to tell them why they should accept you, and their chance to see if you can write at an academic level. Get others to read it and be open to revisions and rewriting. Taking time on your essay is time well spent.

Go back to your journal entries to find the language and remind you of the experiences you can use to create a strong application.

Then, see Skills clusters to help define which of your skills to highlight in your application.

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