This week we are helping seniors get a jump start on the requirements for the college application process. Yesterday’s post discussed the steps you should take in order to narrow down your college list. Once you have a fairly good idea of which schools you are going to apply to (and it is perfectly fine to make changes later), it is a good idea to organize your application requirements and deadlines. Here are the steps you should take in order to determine what will be required to complete your college applications.
Step 1: Common Application. Determine which schools will accept the Common Application. While the 2011-2012 Common Application will not be available until August 1, you can preview the document in order to determine what will be required.
Step 2: Determine deadlines. Look at the admissions website of the schools you are going to apply to. This is the best (and most accurate) source for information on application policies and requirements. While all college applications will require you to submit your official high school transcript additional requirements will vary. Here is a sample list of materials that our commonly required:
- Supplemental forms
- Supplemental essays
- Teacher recommendations
- School report
- Mid-year report
- Standardized testing scores
- Athletic or Arts supplements
- Any additional forms or materials