Apply to College: Common App, Common Black College App, & Apply Texas
Students will want to create an account for the Common Application their 10th grade year to get a head start. Historically Black Colleges also have a common app as well. Applications can roll over from year to year.
https://apply.commonapp.org/login : Most schools are on Common App. Try this first!
Timeline: Senior Year, Early Admission, Regular Admission December 1st for Common App
https://commonblackcollegeapp.com/ : Some Historically Black Colleges are on the Common Black College App and offer a discount for application fees.
https://www.applytexas.org/ Apply Texas is an option for select Texas Schools, but please note most of them are on Common App though.
It is also a good idea to have an account with College Board, so that you have access to your PSAT/SAT scores as well.
Unit 4: College Applications: What Do Colleges Consider?
Components of the Application Process
Main components of the college application process include ...
Apply Texas: UT and A&M do not use Common App, so you may want to use Apply Texas. Check to see if your college is a member of Apply Texas at https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/parms/c_univ_info.WBX.
Coalition: Member schools are on the website at https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/our-members.
fees or fee waivers
letters of recommendation
Recommendation letters from school counselors, teachers, or others can really help an admissions committee learn things about you that your test scores and grades do not reflect. Remember students should give teachers and counselors plenty of time to write a recommendation letter, at least two weeks. Students should select teachers with whom they have a good relationship and in whose classes they performed well.
application essay (college essay)
college interview (only certain schools require)
Some colleges want to get an impression of you in an interview, so an admissions counselor or professor may interview you. The interview could be one-on-one or in a group.
Practice with role play before the interview.
Why are you interested in this college?
How do you expect to be different from high school?
How would you describe yourself as a student? How would you describe yourself as a person?
What is your strongest subject in school? Weakest? Favorite?
How do you spend your summers?
What extracurricular activities are you involved in, and what have you gained from your involvement?
What are you interested in studying in college and why?
What books have you read recently, and what did you learn from them or enjoy about them?
Which of your high school accomplishments are you most proud of and why?
If there are weaknesses in your transcript or test scores, the interview is a way to explain them. Let the person know how you have improved in certain areas.
high school transcript
financial aid forms
Types of Financial Aid: https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types#federal-aid
Apply for Aid: FAFSA form: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
Meridian List of Scholarships (from Mrs. Gregg): Please visit the Meridian website at https://www.mwschool.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=170391&type=d&pREC_ID=897382 for a detailed list.
See Mrs. MacFarland's list as well.
standardized tests (SAT, ACT) unless you have a NO-TEST OPTION
high school athletes
Schools mandate a NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility Form to be sure students meet specific eligibility requirements. Students can visit https:/www.ncaaclearinghouse.net/NCAA/common/index.html.