college counseling

application checklist

  • Get the application
  • Make a note of the regular application deadline
  • Make a note of the early application deadline
  • Make a note of the early application deadline
  • Request midyear grade report sent
  • Find out if an admission test is required
  • Take an admission test, if required
  • Take other required or recommended tests(e.g., SAT Subject Tests, AP Exams, IB exams)
  • Send admission-test scores
  • Send other test scores
  • Request recommendation letters
  • Send thank-you notes to recommendation writers
  • Draft initial essay
  • Proofread essay for spelling and grammar
  • Have two people read your essay
  • Revise your essay
  • Proofread your revision
  • Interview at college campus
  • Have an alumni interview
  • Send thank-you note to interviewer(s)
  • Complete college application
  • Make copies of all application materials
  • Pay application fee
  • Sign and send application
  • Confirm receipt of application materials
  • Send additional material, if needed
  • Tell school counselor that you applied
  • Make a note of the priority financial aid deadline
  • Make a note of the regular financial aid deadline
  • Submit FAFSA
  • Submit PROFILE, if needed
  • Submit college aid form, if needed
  • Submit state aid form, if needed
  • Receive letter from office of admission
  • Receive financial aid award letter
  • Meet deadline to accept admission and send deposit
  • Accept financial aid offer
  • Notify the colleges you will not attend