Each school will have their own method for accepting applications. Some use their own individual application (most public state university systems have their system), while others use the Common Application.
To find out what your colleges use, go to their website and click on “Admissions” to find out more info. Deadlines may change every year so make sure you check for these specific dates.
Completing a college application goes beyond simply filling in boxes in forms:
- Narrow your list of colleges to around five to ten that appeal the most to you, which are a good fit for academic, rugby and social opportunities, and are in a location/setting that you will want to spend the next four years of your life. Applying to a few schools that really interest you is better than applying to as many as you can.
- Check your spelling and grammar carefully, and have someone look it over for you to be certain you have not included any simple mistakes. Keep it real. Do no exaggerate accomplishments or claim things that are not true.
- One of the most important parts of the college application is the personal essay. Be sure to focus on a single theme when writing, and reveal facets of yourself, your life, and your personality that make you unique. If you can, note some of the important goals you hope to achieve if admitted. It is a good idea to write a rough draft first and get your ideas down clearly on paper so you can edit and submit a great essay. Emphasize your uniqueness.
- If your school asks for letters of recommendation from teachers, advisors or coaches, be sure to give these mentors enough time to write a thorough letter and have all the necessary information ready for them in advance.
- Be sure that every required part of the college application is included. There is often a minor fee associated with a college application. If you cannot afford the application fee, speak with an admissions representative to see if you qualify for a Fee Waiver. If you are applying to a design school or performing arts program, they may request a portfolio of your work.
- Make note of application deadlines, and if early admission is offered, it can be a great idea to take advantage of that opportunity. Take the time to do your best on your applications.
- Keep it clean online. Do not have anything on your social media pages (Facebook, Twitter) that you would not want a college admissions officer to see.
College Planning Resources:
- Inside Admissions
- 7 College Admissions Myths
- Insider's Guide to Admissions
- How to Choose People to Write Recommendations