Ch 5: The College Application Process

About This Chapter

In this set of video lessons, you'll become familiar with the college application process. Use the advice and information provided in this chapter to create strong college applications.

The College Application Process: Chapter Summary

Applying to colleges is often an exciting, yet stressful time. Having the right kind of information and support can make the process run a lot smoother and ease some of your stress. Our experienced guidance counselors and academic advisors provide helpful tips for managing your applications and making sure your college applications allow you to shine. This chapter will help you with:

Deciding where to apply

Before you can begin the application process, you'll need to decide where you want to apply. With all the choices out there, it may seem difficult to narrow down your options. Let us introduce you to some methods for narrowing down your list of potential schools. We'll also give you advice on how many schools you should apply to.

Getting your applications in on time

With all the different types of college application deadlines, it can be confusing to keep track of everything you need to do and knowing when they need to be done. Our qualified guidance counselors provide you with a college application timeline to help you get everything in on time. In addition, we'll go over the steps of the application process and let you know where to turn if you have questions.

Using the common application

The common application can help you save a lot of time and hassle when applying to colleges. In this lesson, you'll learn what exactly the common application is and which schools accept it. Find out what the requirements are and when it is appropriate to use.

Crafting strong applications

In order to maximize your chances of getting in to the college of your choice, you'll need to submit a strong application. We'll let you know what makes an application competitive and give you tips for writing a strong personal essay.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: The College Application Process
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Deciding Where You'll Apply to College

1. Deciding Where You'll Apply to College

Applying to college is both time-consuming and expensive, so you need to narrow down your college choices and figure out which ones to apply to. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the ways that you can do this.

How Many Colleges Should I Apply To? - Tips to Follow

2. How Many Colleges Should I Apply To? - Tips to Follow

The number of colleges you should apply to isn't set in stone. It depends on your unique situation. This video will help you think through and decide how many colleges you should apply to.

Understanding the College Application Timeline

3. 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.

How to Navigate the College Application Process

4. 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.

When and How to Use the Common Application

5. 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 Send SAT Scores to Colleges

6. How to Send SAT Scores to Colleges

Use this article to find out how to select SAT score recipients and determine the right score reporting method for you. You'll also learn about some resources you can use to prepare for the test and get the scores you want.

Tips for Crafting a Strong College Application

7. 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.

How to Write an Appeal Letter for College

8. How to Write an Appeal Letter for College

If you've had your financial aid suspended due to poor academic performance, read this article to learn the steps involved in writing a successful appeal letter. You'll find out what type of information to include and get tips for following the proper formatting.

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