The College Application Process

The College Application Process is not as difficult as it might seem. These suggestions can help guide you.

Collect information about colleges 

You can gather information from a lot of sources to begin your search.

  • College catalogs, information bulletins or videos
  • College representatives
  • Parents, students and alumni
  • School counselors and teachers
  • College websites and Internet searches
  • Directories and computerized information systems
  • Professionals in the field
  • College planning section of your ACT score report
  • Your high school counselor can lead you to other resources, maybe in a career/education center in your school or community.


Keep organized!

College applications don’t have to leave you dazed and confused. A little patience and organization will make the process easier. A suggestion might be to acquire an expandable file folder or utilize a drawer in a file cabinet to keep your information. You might label the sections:

  • College List
  • Usernames/Passwords
  • Transcripts
  • Test Tickets & Scores
  • Academic Resume
  • Letters of Rec.
  • Scholarships
  • Common App (if applicable)
  • College A
  • College B, etc.

As you receive and review information and materials, place them in the correct slot, so you’ll have them ready when you apply. For online applications, keep a record of your username and password here, along with copies of anything you submit.

See which schools take the Common Application

Available July 1, the Common App‖ication allows you to apply to any number of colleges in the nearly 400 member consortium. The form is available in print or online. Some schools require supplemental forms and letters of recommendation, so make sure to comply with any additional requests for information or submissions. Go to to learn more.

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