First of all, get your personal papers in order. You will need a copy of your birth certificate. If you cannot locate it, get a certified copy online.
Next, if you’re applying to multiple colleges, you ‘re going to want to keep track of where you with each app. Requesting transcripts to be sent, required testing and other things each individual application will require. You can’t go wrong getting organized. CollegeBoard.org has put together a nifty college application checklist.
Understanding the Application Process
One thing you’ll learn fast, getting into college is a quite a bit different from filling out a job application. You are applying for a position as a worker at one place and as a student at another. A college application will require far more time. Plus, there’s that entrance essay. U.S. News and World Report has a quiz to see how much you already know about the college application process going in.
Speaking of the Essay
Here is a great video that breaks down the basics for what you should put in your college entrance essay:
Also, if you need some tips on scoring the all-important recommendation letters, here’s a great source.