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College Application Checklist

Use this checklist as a helpful tool during your college search and application process!  Download a PDF of the checklist here.

1. Visit the College

  • Attend an Open House
  • Schedule a Campus Tour
  • RSVP for an Instant Decision Day
  • Schedule an appointment with an Admission Counselor

2. Apply to the College

  • Apply Online or complete and submit a paper application
  • Submit the necessary documents*
  • Documents that most colleges request:
  • Transcripts
  • SAT/ACT Scores
  • Essay/ Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation

3. File your FASFA

  • File at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Follow up with your parents! Be sure they file their taxes early
  • File your FAFSA after January 1st of your Senior Year
  • Include the Colleges/Universities that you want to receive financial aid information

4. Confirm Your Intent to Enroll

  • Pay Housing and Tuition Deposit (Be mindful of the deadlines and dates!)**
  • Take your Placement Test(s)***
  • Register for classes

*Don’t make your guidance counselors find you for these documents! Once you’ve applied visit the guidance office and request your documents to be sent to the school.

**Please be advised that if you live far away from college, you need to submit your housing deposit before the deadline in order to secure your spot in a residence hall.

***Placement testing is done to see what level students are in their Math and Reading. Most colleges will give placement tests.