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The college application process includes various components. 

Follow the steps below to avoid overlooking any details. 

After submitting your application, look for acceptance letters and financial aid packages.

Step 1

Here's how it works...

Take admissions test(s) — SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or ACT.

Apply for financial aid starting in October.

Gather applications for each college you plan to apply to. Know the deadlines and requirements. 
Most applications are due in the fall of your senior year. 

Step 2


Request 2-3 letters of recommendation from your guidance counselor, teacher, mentor, or employer. Colleges want to gain a deeper understanding of who you are outside of academics.
Provide a resume or short description of your accomplishments, work experience, and special interests to the person writing the recommendation.

Write your college essay.
Choose a topic that inspires you. Be sure to proofread multiple times.  

Request your counselor to send your high school transcript to the colleges you are applying to.
You will also have to send your midyear grade reports.

Step 3


Schedule and attend admission interviews, if desired or required. This will help determine if the college aligns with your personal academic goals.
Answer questions about why you want to attend, what interests you, and how you will contribute to the campus community.
Ask questions about professors, majors, studying abroad, and student life.

Look for acceptance letters and financial aid packages by April of your senior year.
Compare financial aid offers and notify the school of your choice by May 1. You will pay a deposit and submit any other required items including your financial aid award acceptance.

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