The college application process can be an inundating logistics nightmare. Besides all the technicalities of getting your transcripts, standardized testing scores, letters of recommendation, and more to the various universities, you still have to fill out each college application. The CommonApp helps streamline this process, though many colleges still don't use it or have supplements that take a decent amount of time.
As with any logistics problem, take a deep breath, m...
When do you think it's a good idea to get started with the college application process? It's currently mid summer. Is that too early to start thinking about it or should I wait until the school year starts?
Many admissions officers consider your senior year (especially your first semester) to be just as important. It's the most recent information they have about you and they want to make sure that you're not the type of person that just slacks off.
Don't make your schedule isn't too light (should be ...
Preparing For College (9th-11th Grade): A Master Guide
As you're in your earlier years of high school, you might be trying to optimize what you do to be a strong applicant. I believe it's more important to really find your interests in the earlier years and then hone in on them in 10th-11th grade, rather than just trying to do what looks good. I spent a lot of time experimenting with various things in 9th grade before settling on computer science/robotics as the fields that I really got excited about.
It goes without saying that you should build and maintain your GPA throughout all your years, but if you start out low and improve in 10th-11th grade, that's totally cool as well (colleges love to see improvement).
Take a deep breath. You're about to embark on a fun ...
I go to an under-resourced public school and there aren't too many clubs, since most kids focus on GPA/SAT for their colleges. I was wondering if you had any tips or advice for students in my situation?
Keep in mind that even though college applications are over, your admission is contingent on your continued academic performance - so don't slack off / do anything that might jeopardize your admission. You worked so hard to get in, so don't do anything to hurt that at the last moment.
We've structured this guide as a list (?) of advice that that will help you figure out how to decide between the various admission offers you have and how you'll pay for it. You can subscribe to these playlists to receive emails reminding you to complete the next item on the playlist. When you're done, simply check off the item!
As always, feel free to ask any questions here, or on any specific guide. Our community of mentors from many of the top colleges are here to help you!
I got into my dream school (Duke) but am afraid I may not be able to afford it. I've had my heart set on it ever since I was in middle school! I'm a little confused about how to think about affording my dream school. Would love any tips or advice!