The College Application Checklist

College Application Checklist for Seniors

  • Do your research and keep an open mind when thinking about schools. Visit college campuses and websites, talk to current students and alumni, know college programs and community feel — the more work you put in now the easier the application process will be

  • Make a college list — this should include safety schools, matches, and reaches 

  • Set up the accounts to those applications — Common App, Coalition, school specific

  • Note submission deadlines — plan to submit the application and forms at least two weeks in advance

  • Fill out the personal and other information on the applications

  • Write your common app essay — must be read over by someone else, revised and proofread

  • Write additional essays specific to schools — must be read over by someone else, revised and proofread

  • Send in your standardized test scores

  • Contact your school about sending in your high school transcript

  • Contact your school about sending in your mid-year grade report

  • Contact teachers about recommendation letters

  • Write those teachers thank you notes

  • Write your activity resume — must be read over by someone else, revised and proofread

  • Review your application 

  • Schedule an interview with an admissions rep or alumnus — if the school suggests or requires one

  • Prepare for your interview

  • Send a thank you note to your interviewer — mention something you spoke about or connected over during the interview to make it personal

  • Pay application fees



Additional Tasks

  • Apply for financial aid/specify financial aid in application

  • Visit college campuses and greater area — self-guided or official tour

  • Take AP Exams or Subject Tests

  • Reach out to admissions rep with questions

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