The College Application

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Applying to College: Log On, Get In

Applying to college has become an increasingly demanding task. Since you're probably planning to apply online, why not also use Internet resources to familiarize yourself with the application process before you start? Use the Applying to College Web Guide to figure out where to apply and how to make your college application as strong as it can be.

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The College Application

The college application process is a multi-step affair with many deadlines and due dates depending on the school you apply to and the type of application you submit.

Insights for the College Application

  • Applying to more than one college? Some schools now accept a common application so that you don't have to fill out your basic information over and over. See the Common Application Web site to find out which schools accept the application.
  • Part of a successful application is applying to the right combination of schools: some reaches, some maybes and some safety schools. Before you start writing essays and getting recommendations, visit College Data, which helps you determine your chances of being admitted to a college.
  • One way to prepare for the SAT is to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) administered by the College Board. To learn more about what's on the test and how to register, visit the College Board's PSAT/NMSQT page.

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