5 Tips to a Successful College Application Process
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The best way to help ensure a successful college application process is through proper time management.
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Applying for college takes a concerted effort from students, parents, and college administrators. Managing it all can seem overwhelming at times. However, here are 5 tips to keep in mind to help you organize your college application process.

1) Plan ahead – The earlier you begin the each part of the process, the more time you will have to complete each task.

2) Take your SAT and/or ACT early – Sit {http://www.nextstepu.com/the-keys-to-college-application-success.htm } for a SAT and/or an ACT exam before your senior year, if possible. If you feel you need to raise your score, you can try again early in your senior year.

3) Cast a wide net for financial aid – Don’t think that Federal student aid is the only financial assistance available to you. Your state or city may have programs, as well as local civic, religious or educational groups.

4) Ask the experts – Make sure to ask for advice from people who have experience in the college application process. These include high school guidance counselors, college registration staff and the bursar’s office, as well as friends and family who have recently gone through the process.

5) Visit prospective schools – Once you have your choices narrowed down, visit the colleges you are considering and ask a lot of questions. If one of your choices is by far your favorite before campus visits, schedule {http://www.mainstreet.com/slideshow/moneyinvesting/education-planning/15-key-college-admission-tips } it for one of you last visits, so you don’t get sold on one school before seeing other possibiities.

Enjoy the process – It is daunting, but the reward is worthwhile.


Bobby Touran is the founder and CEO of ApplyKit. ApplyKit helps students manage their entire college application process and also provides key resources to help them excel every step of the way.

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