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College Application Process

10 Crucial steps in the college application process

1- Work on your Resume and Personal Statement.

These two documents are crucial in the development of your application package that you will send out to prospective colleges and universities. It will likely take several rounds of editing in order to perfect, so it is a good place to start!

2- Reach out to your favorite teachers/professors for letters of recommendation.

Many of your teachers will be receiving requests for letters of recommendation. Make sure you ask early in order to ensure that you will have all of your together before any deadlines begin to creep up.

3- Visit colleges.

Envisioning yourself as a student on a college campus is one of the most powerful and effective ways of determining if a school is right for you. Do you feel like you belong? Is there a sense that this is the right place for you? Could you see yourself living and studying here next four years?

4- Find the right colleges for you.

The right fit school involves so much more than whether or not you are accepted. The environment, class sizes, geographic location, and employment prospects are only a few of the many things to consider when finding schools in which you will be successful.

5- Sign-up for the Common Application .

The Common Application is an effective way to organize your applications. It will easily track your progress and connect your applications to recommenders and College Access staff to ensure your applications are complete and submitted on time.

6- Register for the ACT Exam.

The ACT Exam is often seen as a good alternative to the SAT. There is no reason for you to not take the test as it could potentially add a great deal of positive support to your application package. Go to the ACT Exam’s official website to learn more about this test and sign up to take it.

7- Mark your calendar with important deadlines for applications to schools and scholarships.

Deadlines tend to come up quickly during your senior year. Planning your year well will help you to manage your stress levels, and prepare your applications with time to spare so that you can ensure you have completed everything to the best of your ability.

8- Sign-up for FastWeb. Scholarships are everywhere.

FastWeb is a great resource that brings many available scholarships to one convenient place. Sign up here to browse various fund sources and register to receive email updates based on your preferences.

9- Begin working on the Rutgers Application.

The Rutgers University application is one of the most comprehensive applications you will complete. Make sure it is one of the first you begin working on so that you increase your chances of admissions to New Jersey’s state university.

10- Sign-up for and begin working on your FAFSA, create an HESAA Account, and submit tax return transcripts.

Your financial aid package will be determined by your FAFSA. Begin working on submitting it as soon as you can after January 1st. Encourage your parent/guardian to also submit their taxes as quickly as they can. Many scholarships and other financial sources will need your FAFSA information, so ensuring its accuracy and speedy completion is paramount.