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College Application Checklist

College Application Checklist

Make sure you're on track with this college application checklist.

By Chris Diehl

Before you put your college applications in the mailbox, here’s a quick checklist to make sure you haven’t left anything out.

The General Application Don’t leave anything blank unless the application tells you to. Make sure all information is accurate and legible. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the university’s admissions office. Did you wait until the last minute? Submit your application online.

Transcripts Make sure these are sealed. Delivery usually takes 4-7 days, so if you haven’t done it, order them immediately. Your school may charge a fee for sending transcripts, usually $2-$5 per transcript.

SAT/ACT Scores When you took the test, you had the option of sending your scores to the schools of your choosing. If you need to send scores to additional schools, contact the test board immediately. Delivery takes 3-4 week.

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Letters of Recommendation Many colleges require these to be sealed – ask the admissions office. Make sure you have the number of recommendations required in the application. For more information on getting a letter of recommendation, check out Letters of Recommendation for Your College Application.

Essays Double-check spelling. Make sure your name and social security number are on every page, as well as the essay’s title or number. If you’ve recycled an essay, make sure you’ve matched the correct university with the right essay.

Work Samples/Portfolios If required, be sure you’ve included your name, social security number and the project name on every item. Don’t send the original – make a copy.

Last-minute tips: Pay attention to the details, keep an eye on the deadline, and make sure you have the right amount of postage.


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