How to apply to College
Applying to College Step by Step
Applying to college can be daunting, but taking a step by step approach will allow you to succeed.
Applying to college can feel like a full-time job, especially if you’re applying to colleges with different admissions requirements.
Specific college admissions requirements vary from college to college (always check with the ones you are applying to!), but luckily the basics are largely the same. There’s lots involved, so make sure you take care of all the details the college application requires.
Click on the image below to see what information you will need to complete a application. Try to fill it out before starting the application!
1. Fill out the application.
As part of the admissions process, you’ll be required to fill out some basic application paperwork, which will include personal information about yourself and your high school career, like extracurricular activities you participated in.
2. Write personal essay/statement.
You will also have to write a personal essay when applying to college. Usually the school will provide a number of prompts for you to choose from. In some cases, you may be able to choose your own topic. Be sure to proofread your college admissions essay carefully. This essay can be used for scholarships in the future.
3. Gather supplemental materials.
Some colleges also require college recommendation letters. These usually can come from teachers who are familiar with your work. Some students may also get recommendations from coaches, church leaders, community service organizers, or other adults who can attest to the student’s skills and work ethic.
4. Receive your acceptance letter!
Even if you’ve started getting acceptance letters, the process of applying to college is not complete! Once you are done deciding which university you would like to attend, you’ll have to let the school know that you have decided to accept its offer of admission.