Ch 4: Completing College Applications

About This Chapter

These video and text lessons cover the essentials of completing college applications. The information and advice provided can help increase your chances of getting in to the colleges you apply to.

Completing College Applications: Chapter Summary

Filling out college applications can be an overwhelming process but with the right advice, the task doesn't have to seem so daunting. Let our qualified guidance counselors and academic advisors give you the information you need to craft strong college applications and get them all in on time. This chapter covers:

The college application timeline

With all the different types of application deadlines, it can be confusing trying to stay on top of things. This lesson covers the different types of deadlines and offers organization strategies so you'll never turn in an application late.

The common application

A resource that can save you a lot of time and headache is the common application. Learn what the common application is and find out which colleges accept it. See what the requirements are and decide if it's right for you.

The college application process

The college application process can seem overwhelming but if you know what to expect, it can be a little less stressful. Our trained guidance counselors will let you know how to begin and describe your role throughout the application process. We'll let you know where to turn if you have any questions during the process.


One factor that can increase the strength of your college applications is your letters of recommendation. Let us guide you in choosing the best references for your recommendation letters. We'll let you know when the best time to approach your references is and tell you what supporting materials you should provide them.

College admissions interviews

Though not always necessary, you may be required to complete a college admissions interview. In this lesson, we go over the differences between a job interview and a college admissions interview. Find out what questions are likely to be asked of you, and what questions would be appropriate for you to ask. Learn how you should follow up after the interview is completed.

What makes a strong application

To maximize your chances of getting in to the college of your choice, you'll want to craft a strong application. Learn which elements constitute a strong, competitive application, and get tips on writing a strong personal essay.

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Completing College Applications
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Understanding the College Application Timeline

1. Understanding the College Application Timeline

Applying to college can be overwhelming, especially because there are so many deadlines to keep track of! Watch this lesson to find out more about different types of deadlines and how to be organized enough to get everything done on time.

When and How to Use the Common Application

2. When and How to Use the Common Application

Applying to college can be an overwhelming process. To make it simpler, many schools accept the common application. Watch this lesson to find out what the common application is, who accepts it, and what the requirements are.

How to Navigate the College Application Process

3. How to Navigate the College Application Process

Applying to college can feel overwhelming. In this lesson, we'll look at the application process, including when to start, what to do during the application process and where students should go to get answers to questions they might have.

Choosing References for College Admissions

4. Choosing References for College Admissions

Most colleges require references as a part of the application process. This lesson will explore how to choose references and will end with a short quiz to test what you have learned.

The College Admissions Interview

5. The College Admissions Interview

In this lesson, we discover the basic structure of the college admissions interview, what the interviewers will be looking for, and some tips to help prepare for the interview.

Tips for Crafting a Strong College Application

6. Tips for Crafting a Strong College Application

Applying to college can be a stressful time! In this lesson, we'll take a look at the elements of a strong application, including general tips for creating a competitive application and tips specific to creating a good personal essay.

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