Tips for applying to colleges

Kayla Copeland, Managing Editor

It’s the beginning of the school year and it is also time for college applications. For me, applying to colleges is one of the most incredibly stressful, time-consuming, and frustrating things I’ve had to do. Every college requires transcripts, ACT scores, and applications. Some even require recommendation forms, essays, and money to submit the application. Trying to find the time to complete all these steps for multiple colleges is hard, but here are some tips to help everyone through these tough times.


Make a list. One tip that I have found very useful is to create a checklist for every college you are applying to. Along the way you can check off every requirement you have completed and focus on the ones left.


Take it one step at a time. Do not worry if you cannot finish the application in one sitting. In fact, most colleges have you create an account so you can come back to the application when you have time. I found that filling out one part of an application everyday has helped me complete all of them in a reasonable time.


Ask for advice. It almost seems like common sense to ask others when you are confused, but some people struggle the most with this step. If you do not know how to send ACT scores or transcripts, you can go to the counseling center for help. Also, if you need help with admission essays, there are teachers available to help proofread the essay before the due date.


Even though college applications can be an incredibly stressful time for most people, I have found from personal experience that these tips are incredibly helpful. Whether you are applying to two colleges or five, there is a way to make it through the different application processes.