Did you get started late applying to colleges? Or perhaps you got your December test scores back and you are reconsidering what colleges you are applying to?
Don’t worry! There are many colleges that you can apply to in January and after (even some through August). Here are a few tips for finding colleges/universities with open applications:
- Schools with Rolling Admissions: Rolling admission schools review applications essentially in the order that they are received. These schools will continue to take applications for as long as there are still spaces available in the freshman class. The college does not wait for all applications to be submitted before giving you an admissions decision.
- Check the Regular Decision deadlines: Many colleges have “regular” decision deadlines between January and March. Although, your options for financial aid or scholarships may be somewhat limited the later you apply.
- Nearby Public Universities: Public universities, especially those near you, may have local attendance areas. Being in the local area may help increase your chances of being admitted. Some have deadlines that are later than other public universities.
- Religiously Affiliated Colleges: Some religiously affiliated colleges or universities will have extended application dates.
Each college profile lists the application deadline for the school. Search for colleges in the above categories, then check their application deadlines. If the deadline has not passed add it to your college list.
First semester of senior year is winding down. The holiday break and the new year are almost here. Are you finished with your college applications? There are multiple steps to getting a COMPLETE application into the college of your choice. Use the following checklist to see where you are in the process. All of these steps are detailed in your GuidedPath account.
Filling out the college application is only the first part of the process.
- Common Application
- Coalition Application
- State Colleges/Universities Application (like Apply Texas, or the UC System)
- Individual College/University Applications
Check transcript requirements for each college you are applying to. Are you required to send your transcript at the time you apply, after you’ve been admitted, or at the time of enrollment (or all of the above)?
You may need to send another transcript in January. This is known as the “seventh semester transcript.” It shows your grades from your first semester in senior year.
Be sure to request the following test scores to be sent to all your colleges. Be sure to include both past and future test scores for ACT, SAT, and/or SAT Subject tests.
Submit your AP test scores after you graduate, unless requested otherwise.
Check to be sure your counselor and teachers have completed any recommendations you have requested.
Financial Aid forms
College is expensive. Work together with your parents to get your financial aid forms completed.
- FAFSA – ALL colleges use the FAFSA
- CollegeBoard CSS Profile – some private colleges and other programs use an extra financial aid form. It is quite involved and takes a lot of time to complete. Watch for deadlines.
Some special programs (such as honors programs) or scholarships require additional applications. Check college website for additional applications and deadlines.
Check your GuidedPath account and take a look at your application plans. Have you submitted all the requirements for each application? Make a note of any outstanding requirements and get those to the college as soon as possible.
You are on your way! You’ve got your college list finalized, common app essay completed, recommendations requested, and with applications around the corner you’ll soon be finished the college application process. These 5 tips will help you stay organized and on track.
- Set up Application Plans. Know what is needed to make a complete application at each college you are applying to. Recommendations? Transcripts? Essays? Make a list to keep track of requirements for each school.
- Check Application Deadlines. Early Action, Early Decision or Priority Deadline? Record the application deadline the you are using for each school on your calendar. Don’t forget – you can only apply to one school as an Early Decision applicant.
- Follow Directions and Proofread. It sounds simple but carefully check the directions for each application. You don’t want to put credit card information in the section meant for international student visas! Double check your applications for accuracy and make a good impression by avoiding careless mistakes.
- Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute. Although you have the deadlines recorded on your calendar, don’t wait until the night before to hit the submit button. Computers can crash, you could catch a cold, you might also have a test or school assignment due. Don’t let outside circumstances affect your college applications. Submitting your applications early will be a weight off your shoulders.
- Follow Up. Check in with the college (either through your student portal account or by email or phone) to be sure all your application materials have been received. And check in with your advisor or teachers to know that your recommendations have been submitted (if required). Don’t be caught off guard by a missing test score, or recommendation.
Use the application dashboard in GuidedPath for a “summary view” of your applications and status. Never miss a deadline! Keep track of your college application deadlines on your Calendar!