Planning to get into college can be one of the toughest tasks a student has to make and can be the most stressful time in a teen’s life. However, understanding the College Application Process can greatly help a student in his or her search for a bright college life.
Though there may be no exact rule or limit to the number of applications one should send, it is generally ideal to submit applications to 6 to 8 colleges or universities. It is also wise to come up with a final college list which has the following categories:
- Reach College. These are colleges that may pose application challenges but applying is worth a try. You may choose 1 to 2 schools for this group.
- Realistic/Probables. These are colleges that are close to what you are looking for and most likely have the chance of being accepted. You may choose 2 to 4 colleges or universities for this group.
- Safeties. You can choose 1 or 2 colleges that you think you are very confident with. At least you think you have a 90% to 100% chance of being accepted and that you know you can afford studying there. These
There are students who choose 2 or more for the reach and realistic groups and more for the safeties. However, if you are deciding from the safeties group, you should make sure that you are really happy to attend these colleges. Always take time to consider all your options. Make sure that at the end of the day, you are happy and contented on what you have decided.
Once you have finalized your school list, you must now secure your applications and catalogs from those schools. It is very important that you have read and follow their application requirements and directions as stated in their information. You may ask to fill out forms and submit necessary documents to support your application. If you are confused and would need help, you can always visit your counselor to ask for advice. Remember, as a responsible student, you need to know the details applicable to each school that you are applying. Always check for admission requirements, deadlines and tests to be taken.