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

Showcase your unique story and skills! Share your personal story with us through our optional video essay application supplement. Upload a video (3 minute maximum) to and send the link to, along with your full name and date of birth. Video submissions will be reviewed for admission evaluation and scholarship opportunities.

3. File your FASFA

  • File at
  • 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.