Every college has its own array of forms and requests that it wants from you, and each has its own particular due dates. Because an admissions application is not complete until the college receives every piece of required information, you need a system for keeping track of what is required, when it is due, what you’ve sent, and most importantly, when it is received. Organizing your college applications from the very beginning can determine whether the college admissions process goes smoothly or becomes a chaotic mess. And as such, it can affect your admissions chances.
To make sure that you keep your applications on track, be sure to start with these three steps:
First, it is very useful to establish a college admissions “center” someplace in your home. This might be anything from a desk or small table in a corner of your bedroom, to a bulletin board and table in the kitchen, or a bookshelf and card table somewhere else. It’s important to keep all of your application materials in one place.
There are materials and pieces of information that you need to gather before you start filling out applications. Better to gather everything before you start working on an application than to wait and then run around searching for this or that while you’re trying to complete it. I have put together two lists, available for free download on College Countdown, that will help you gather everything you need to work on your applications.
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In order to make sure that colleges actually receive each and every form and piece of information required, it’s important that you know (1) what they want, and (2) when they want it. I have created a series of checklists and grid worksheets, also available for free on College Countdown, that will help you get organized and stay on track:
Once you have gathered all of your materials, then you can begin the process of filling out the applications. By being organized, I promise you, the job will be less overwhelming and a whole lot easier.
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