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College Application Checklist

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Applying to college sounds like a long and tedious process – we know! We write about it all the time. There are ways to make it easy on yourself, though, starting with using a smart and thorough checklist that keeps you on track. Below, we’ve placed several aspects of applications to colleges that are super common, but we recommend making a checklist for each one that you apply to because what you need varies for each application. 

Do you have the right deadline? Sure, this may sound like a given, but you’re likely applying to multiple colleges (or at least you should be) and that means there are a lot of dates rattling around up in your noggin. Do yourself and your exhausted brain a favor: take ten minutes and write down each college, along with the due date for the application. Bonus points for listing out everything you need for that application!

Is your essay ready to go? A college application essay can give colleges a taste of who you are outside of your grades. It’s an important part of helping you stand out from the hundreds, and commonly thousands, of other applicants, so write a (typically formal) essay that’s got your own brand of personality embedded it.

Do you have recommendation letters? Recommendation letters are a huge boost to your application. These typically come from teachers who understand your academic capabilities and dedication as a student, but it’s key that they know you as an individual, as well. Consider your extracurricular or athletic teachers when deciding who to ask for recommendations from, since they’ve likely seen you in and out of class.

Have you applied for financial aid yet? You need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as “FAFSA,” in order to be considered. If you are unsure how to go about this, we offer several articles that may answer your questions! Check out these two, here and here. If you prefer the face-to-face, one-on-one approach to figuring out your financial aid, reach out to your guidance counselor. In our experience, they know pretty much everything.

Like we said earlier, each college you apply to will have different requirements, but this is a good standard list. Always reach out to your guidance counselor, a friend, or a mentor if you need help through this process. And, of course, we at College Greenlight will always be here to help! If you have questions, submit them to us and we’ll do our best to answer them thoroughly!


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