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.
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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.
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
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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.
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.
If required, be sure you’ve included your name 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.