1. Be sure to check your calendar to avoid missing deadlines.
Remember that submitting documents electronically doesn’t mean they are added to your file immediately. You should aim to submit early so you meet the deadlines. Keep a calendar of important deadlines of the schools you are considering. If you aren’t sure of a deadline - ask!
2. Choose the application that makes the most sense for you.
If you are applying to three or more schools that use Common Application, filling out one application for multiple schools is probably going to save you some time. Otherwise, our own application might be the way to go, since it’s a bit shorter than Common Application.
We have no preference how you apply, so choose what makes things easier for you!
3. Don’t hesitate to contact your admissions counselor.
Did you know that you have a specific admissions counselor to work with throughout your college search? They will even be the first one reading your application when you apply!
We’re here to answer any questions you have, big or small. Introduce yourself!
4. Don’t stress over the essay topic.
We wouldn’t be able to summarize ourselves in less than a page and neither can you. You have a variety of interests, experiences, and talents, and we don’t expect you to fit it all into one short essay. In fact, essays that try to cover too much typically aren’t very well-written.
Instead, focus on one thing that you’d like to share with us: an experience that shaped you, a lesson you’ve learned, or something that brings you joy.
5. We don’t know what you don’t tell us.
Maybe your grades were lower one semester, or you weren’t able to complete a class.
If there is a reason for these discrepancies, tell us. We don’t know what you don’t tell us, and we want to make sure we have the full picture when reviewing your application.
6. When listing activities, use the full name, not abbreviations.
There are a lot of acronyms and we want to make sure we understand your interests. Even if you think it’s a common abbreviation, it might not be used outside of your high school or state. Help us understand your application by including what abbreviations stand for.
7. Give your teachers, counselors, and staff time to write recommendations and send in transcripts.
Remember, you’re not the only student who needs a transcript sent or an evaluation completed.
Don’t wait until the last minute to ask your school official to write a recommendation or send a document over. Aim to give them at least a few weeks to complete these.
8. Confirm that your application is complete before you cross it off your to-do list.
The easiest way to confirm that we have all of your required materials is by logging into your student portal.
Then, congratulate yourself! You just completed a big milestone.