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Breaking Down the College Application
What You'll Need (3)
- Your basic information, including Social Security number
- Extracurricular activities information
- A completed FAFSA
- Money for an application fee, typically anywhere from $35 to $70
- Your high school transcript
- Admission test scores—ACT, SAT
- Advanced Placement (AP) test scores
- Your entrance essay (see school website for specific questions/prompts/requirements)
- Recommendation letters (if required)
- Auditions/portfolios for art or performing art school entrance
A Good Entrance Essay (3)
What makes for a good entrance essay/personal statement for a college application? Though each prompt is different, universally effective essays contain the following:
- Examples that show a student's abilities instead of just listing them
- A unique title and attention-grabbing introduction
- A first-person story or account that shows a student's narrowed, academic focus
- Knowledge of the school the student is applying to
- Polished writing that is free from grammatical errors and misspellings
Things to Avoid (3,4)
- Don't miss deadlines!
- Check every application for typos or misspellings.
- Get a professional-sounding e-mail address that includes part of your name. Don't apply using "firstname.lastname@example.org."
- Don't let your parents or friends write your applications or essays for you.
- Don't forget to sign your applications, digitally or physically, lest they sit in admissions labeled "incomplete."
- Delete inappropriate social media comments or photos (but remember, they may still be out there)
Worried your well-prepared app might go unnoticed? Here are some tips for ensuring your application stands out among the rest. (5)
- Write vivid and original entry essays that are detail oriented.
- Show in your writing that you've done your research about the university and its programs.
- Include supplemental materials like writing samples, newspaper clippings of activities, or proof of volunteer work.
- Don't go overboard with extra material, but enough to show you've put in effort.
- Make an attempt to regularly check in with the school's admissions office so that they recognize your interest. Source from CollegeChoice.net