Whether you have applied Early Decision or Early Action, or whether you are still finalizing the list of colleges you will apply to, this may be a stressful time for seniors. Don’t become overwhelmed by what others around you are, or are not, doing. Keep in mind that your college application process may be very different from that of your peers. Reduce your stress by breaking this process down into more manageable pieces:
WHAT: What do the colleges want as part of the application? Common Application? Standardized test scores? High school transcript? Letters of recommendation? Remember: most programs at the seven NH community colleges do not require standardized test scores or letters of recommendation.
Already applied? Make sure to tie up any outstanding application components! Check in with your school counselor to confirm all required documents (i.e., transcript, letters of recommendation, extra essays, and, if applicable, any additional documents pertaining to portfolios, auditions, or the NCAA) have been sent to your colleges. Also, don’t forget to send your official SAT or ACT scores to each college on your list that requires them.
WHEN: When is the application deadline? For some colleges, the deadline may be creeping up, but there are many schools with admission deadlines in late winter or early spring. Some may even offer rolling admissions. If you are still unsure of the difference between regular decision and rolling admissions, read the “Ways to Apply for Admission” article here. Check each college’s website and plan accordingly.
HOW: How will the school communicate with you? Are you expected to check online in the school’s portal for updates about your application? Will they email you? Will they mail you a letter?
Whether you are waiting for acceptance letters or just starting your applications, you can be confident in the process if you know WHAT the colleges want, WHEN they want it, and HOW they will communicate with you. Good luck!
Are you uncertain about where you want to apply to college? It’s absolutely not too late to develop your plan, and we can help! Our college counselors will assist you in developing a customized list of colleges to which you can apply. Schedule your free 60‑minute appointment today by calling 888.747.2382, extension 119.