Applying to colleges will take time and concentration. Each application is different and involves collecting recommendations, writing essays, and other requirements. Entry requirements for each institution are different, but most colleges require completing an admissions test or essay, the SAT or ACT admissions tests, and providing recommendation letters from teachers. In order to succeed without stress, you need to give this step the time it deserves. You should be starting to collect information and to compile a checklist of all the things you need to do at least 12 months prior to the college application deadline. Regardless of the quality of your application, all your efforts will be wasted if you miss a key date. That is why you need to plan ahead and make sure you are organized. After all, your future is at stake. Create a calendar with all the relevant deadlines so that you are prepared well ahead of time to ensure that all aspects of your application are complete. An incomplete college application is the first step towards rejection. Unless you are focused and start early, you might feel overwhelmed by all the things you need to do during admission period.
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It's great that your interested in applying to college. Getting an early start on what's required to apply to college is a great thing, so you aren't rushed to complete requirements before the deadlines. Most colleges use online systems to submit applications and the most common website used is the Common App, www.commonapp.org. However, every school doesn't use it, so once you determine the schools you want to apply to, checkout how the application is submitted.
The obvious requirements:
-high school transcript (your high school handles this)
-standardize testing scores (SAT or ACT)
-letters of recommendations (typically 2 from teachers)
-essays (make sure to check if the school requires supplemental applications where there could be additional essays required)
Do your research on what the colleges have to offer.
-What size school are you interested in (small, medium or large)
-Interested in city school or a school with a large campus
-Financial aid packages (how much does the school typically cover)
-Is attending college sports important
-Is Greek Life something you want to explore
Lots of things to consider, so the earlier you start the better off you will be.
Best of luck!
THIS IS A HUGE STEP! Congrats! In addition to the recommendations above, I would also advice that you should also keep an eye out for scholarships. College can be expensive but it is an investment. However, I would also advise you to prepare for the emotional rollercoaster that college can be, sometimes you will get amazing news confirming your admission, and sometimes that may not be the case.