Keeping Organized

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Here are some tips to help you and your student stay on top of the process and its many deadlines:

  • Create a timeline. Refer to our college planning timeline for a schedule of activities recommended for your student’s junior and senior years.
  • Make a calendar. Know the institution’s application and financial aid deadlines and when to expect responses from admissions.
  • Compile a checklist. Know what items are required in the application process (transcripts, recommendations, application supplements) and how to submit them.
  • Maintain an address book. Gather contact information for the institution, as well as its identifying codes (for the SAT, ACT and FAFSA).
  • Keep up with applications. Make copies of paper application that are submitted by mail, and check the status of applications submitted online. Confirm with colleges that applications are complete.