Most college and university applications are available online at the specific school website (usually listed under prospective students or admissions).
Obtain all application materials from the college or university:
Follow Directions closely. Make sure you know all the parts necessary to complete your file.
Check for the application fee or a fee waiver
Essay or personal statement if needed
Supplemental information (resume, portfolio, etc.) if needed
Counselor/Secondary School Report if needed
Teacher Recommendations if needed
Sign and date the application.
Each college or university will ask you to send a transcript of your high school work. Have the office send a transcript to each school you apply.
Make arrangements to have your SAT or ACT scores reported to your college of choice. This official notification is required; it is not sufficient to report your scores on the application form.
Priority filing deadline dates.
Inform your counselor when admissions decisions are received (accepted, denied, wait listed or deferred).
Click here for a detailed, printable checklist.
Many colleges now require a personal statement or essays to help understand what makes you different from other candidates (often admission counselors are faced with many applicants with similar grade point averages and ACT/SAT scores).
Make a point.
Illustrate it with details
Prepare for the essay before you write it
Carefully check spelling and grammar