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The College Application Process

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Michelle Villarreal

on 31 August 2017

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Transcript of The College Application Process

The College Application Process Overview
Types of Applications
Application / Scholarship Essay
The Common App
Pre-Application Work continued
--Start thinking about which teacher(s) you will ask to write recommendations.

--Email your counselor to thank her in advance for her part.

--Keep a notebook, planner, calendar of due dates. Missing a deadline could cost you thousands.

--Sign up for your ACT/SAT if you plan to take it again.
How will you pay?

If they offer you a choice, no option is better or worse than another.
--All Online
--One application for several
ach school has specific
Teachers can upload rec letters
--Counselors upload transcripts
--One essay for all schools
Talk to your parents about how you will pay for college.

Grandma & Grandpa?
College Fund?

Most students cite money as the determining factor in where
they attend college.
Which Colleges?
Reach Schools

Target Schools

Likely Schools

Application fees are expensive
Ask colleges about
fee waivers!!!


The Common Application
--Get a copy of your transcript to make sure everything is correct.
Always provide a resume to anyone who is writing a letter for you.
--ACT or SAT scores plus GPA

Minority Status
Institutional or Private

Institutional or Private
--Community Service


Same grades
Same scores
Same AP courses
Your essay will distinguish you!!!
--Take time to craft it.
--Ask a trusted adult to read it.
--Persuse websites--
freshman profile, freshman scholarships
--Visit Colleges--
make an appt. to

meet with the dean of the department in your field of interest.
Relationship is important.
Types of Applications

Early Decision--
binding if accepted
Early Action--
getting it over with
Regular Decision--
with everybody else
Rolling Admissions--
when you want, but there might not be $ left.
Getting organized is the best way to ensure a low-stress application process.
Keep a notebook/calendar with to-do lists, due dates, and university contacts. Get all your pre-app work done. If you need to write an application or scholarship essay, don't "wing it." The essay is can be the deciding factor in admission or denial, in award or loans, so get help! Have the money-talk with your parents: What do you have, what will you need, what can you consider. Also, if you have praying
abuelitas...it never hurts.

Good Luck!

--Update your resume.
--All-Online College Application
--One Application for all Texas Public
Schools, some Private Schools
--One to three essays for all schools
--School-Specific Scholarships

Free money for college from U.S. and/or State Government
Financial Need
Cost of Attendance
Student Loans
Low-interest loans for students attending college. Money must be paid back. Payments start AFTER you finish your degree.
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