2) Standardized Test Scores – In addition to listing your SAT and/or ACT scores on your college application, you will be required to submit official score reports. These must come sent directly from the College Board (SAT) or the ACT to the college. You can select colleges to receive your scores while you are registering to take the tests, or you can do it later when you get your scores back. Many colleges also ask that you submit results for AP or SAT Subject tests that you've taken.
3) Official High School Transcript – The official transcript lists each of the classes you have taken during your time in high school, along with the grades and credits that you have earned. The transcript is usually sent directly from your high school to colleges by your guidance counselor, so be sure to inform him/her of each of the colleges where you are applying along with the relevant deadlines.
4) Mid-Year and Final-Year Grade Reports – The initial transcript that you submit with your college application only includes grades through your junior year. Colleges want to make sure that your trajectory in high school continues and that you finish strong, so they typically ask for an update on your grades from your guidance counselor after the first half of your senior year and again once you finish senior year. Colleges do reserve the right to change their mind about your admission (specifically, reject you after you were already accepted) if your academic performance takes a nosedive. This doesn't mean that if you get one B in your senior year that you are in trouble, but it does mean that all Cs and Ds in the final semester from a student who otherwise earned As and Bs might be cause for concern.
5) Secondary School Report and/or Counselor Recommendation – The secondary school report allows your guidance counselor to place your academic experience in context. They will typically provide information on the number of advanced placement courses offered at your school, your academic strength in relation to your class, the number of students at your school who attend college, etc. The counselor will also have a chance to provide information about other special circumstances you may have faced in high school and how you add to the academic and social community. Colleges are trying to understand the big picture based on this portion of the application, and they are particularly interested in knowing whether you made the very best of your circumstances.
In general, based on your location, you should also have an idea as to what you want to study. If you don't know what you want to specialize in you could apply to colleges which offer liberal arts degrees and allows you to explore your options helping you choose your field of study.
If you already know what you want to study, research colleges in your prefered location that offer that option, if possible even visit them.
After that go on their website, look at their application requirements and perhaps even contact people on linkedin who went to that college for advice.
Complete the FAFSA.
Round Out the Common App.
Compose a Standout College Essay.
Request Recommendation Letters.
Get familiar with the Ins and Outs of Financial Aid.
Translate College Tuition Costs.
Discover Scholarships to Pay for College
Try to make a list of options of universities that you want to study in.
don't do one option only . you have to make a lot of options
Good luck !
The college application process can seem intimidating, especially if you don't have parents or siblings who have already been through it and can offer advice.
Since there are so many steps, such as writing an essay and obtaining letters of recommendation, experts say a good way for students to get started is to create a "To Do" list during their junior year of high school. Here are some steps to help you get started on your journey.
■ ■ STEPS TO APPLYING FOR COLLEGE ■ ■
1) Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA))
2) Fill out the Common Application Form
3) Write a Standout College Essay
4) Ask for Letters of Recommendations
5) Review College Costs
6) Research Scholarships to Pay for College
I've provided links to US News & World Report on the application process. I urge you to read the article thoroughly as it has some great information on your topic. Make sure to bookmark links along the way. I wish you much success on your path. Best of luck to you!
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