Your College Application Checklist
There’s a lot you’ll need to do before you send off your college applications. What if you forget an important requirement and don't get into your dream school? Here’s a checklist of the major things you’ll need to tick off before you send in applications to the schools on your list.
High school transcripts list all the classes you took, grades you received, and any other information that’s relevant to your academic career. Ask your counselor to print official copies. Depending on your school’s policy, your counselor may mail these to the schools you’re applying to, or give them to you to send off yourself.
Your Personal Statement
Most schools require an essay or personal statement so they can learn more about you. This is one thing you definitely don’t want to forget as you’re gathering your documents.
If you didn’t have your SAT or ACT scores mailed directly to all of your top-choice schools when you took the tests, have these sent to any remaining colleges. These are typically mandatory for most applications.
Advanced placement classes make any candidate even more appealing. If you’ve taken even one AP test, get the scores sent to the colleges on your list. Advanced placement classes show your determination and initiative to learn.
Many colleges request letters of recommendation. Give people time to write glowing reviews by asking them now, rather than a week before the deadline. This way, you can have the best possible chance to get in, because your teachers and leaders will happily write great reviews, instead of being rushed to write an average review.