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Organizing College Applications

October 16, 2019

When you’re applying to college, the best thing you can do is keep yourself organized. Getting applications confused with one other is very common, but it is also very avoidable. When it comes to applications, I have always found that it makes your life a lot easier to keep track of what you have completed once you complete it. This comes in handy because you can remember what you have completed and you don’t risk doing the same work twice.

Before you can complete this step though, you have to keep a track record of the colleges that you want to apply to. There are many ways to go about doing this, but I like to keep track by keeping a table with names of schools at the top. This is an effective way of keeping track of things because you can list what each school requires in the table. Simply make a table with multiple columns, place the name of the school on top, and then list below the requirements for the school. For example, the requirements may be whether the school requires the essay for the SAT, if the school uses Coalition or Common app, or if he application is on the website. Not only does the table contain the schools that you will be applying to, but it also contains the things that you will need when you are applying to the school.

Keeping track of when the apps are due can also go into the table, but I find it more useful to use a calendar for the due dates of the apps. Any average planner will do. Setting a deadline for yourself rather than following the actual deadline helps as well, because you can set an earlier due date for yourself which ensures that you will turn the app in on time. For example, if an application is due on November 1, maybe set a due date for yourself that you will turn in the application on October 20. This helped me to be sure that my applications were being turned in on time. These tips helped me when I was applying, and hopefully they will help you too!