Starting to apply to colleges can feel overwhelming. Check out these helpful resources:
While every university will have their own separate application, many universities have joined the online application website: Common Application. Common Application (Common App) allows students to submit the same application and essay to several schools at once. Using the Common App will cut down on the time and stress of filling out college applications. Be sure to check which universities on your list use the Common App. Check out Common Application Help for more assistance. For students looking at HBCUs, there is a common application for HBCUs as well.
All schools will require an official transcript. Be sure to contact your counselor about sending transcripts to all of the universities on your list.
Most college applications have an application fee. If you cannot afford the application fees, be sure to contact your counselor. Waivers are awarded on the basis of family financial hardship. Some colleges will waive your application fee if you contact the admissions office and explain that you cannot afford it. You can also contact the College Board to ask about their fee waivers. For more information on college application fee waiver, see these college application fee waiver FAQS.
In an effort to get-to-know applicants better, colleges are partnering with ZeeMee, a free service that helps students bring their application to life. Sign up at ZeeMee.com and create your own portfolio. Then simply copy and paste your link into your college applications. It is easy and fun!
Take a look at The College Board’s College Application Timeline for a helpful month to month checklist.