3 Websites that Streamline Applying to College
If your college list consists of 5 or more colleges then filling out college applications can seem daunting and tedious. However, there are several different websites that streamline the process where you fill out only one application and use that same application to apply to several different colleges. The applications are quite extensive but once you have filled out the application it can be as simple as clicking which college or university you would like to send your application to.
- Common Application
- There are over 700 colleges that will accept the Common App. To find out which college accepts the app simply use their college locator on the main page.
- Common Black College Application
- This application allows students to apply to 53 Historically Black Colleges for only $35.
- Coalition for Access and Affordability
- The Coalition has over 90 colleges and universities that will accept it’s app. Students can begin this application by filling out their “locker” as early as 9th grade and begin uploading supporting documents such as videos, projects, etc.
Using the above applications will certainly cut down on time but keep these 5 tips in mind:
- Find out when you can begin entering data into your profile and later into your application. Double check each year when you can begin applying for the year you plan to enter.
- Don’t fret, you will still be eligible for scholarships using these applications.
- You more than likely will still have to pay the application fee for each individual college you apply to.
- Letters of Recommendation can be easily uploaded by your reference on the above sites but just make sure you give enough time for them to write the letter, create a profile with the college app system you are using and the possibility that there are any technical glitches!
- Some institutions require an additional essay(s) to the one you provide. Always check back with the college to make sure you have submitted all required documents.
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Reference: www.commonapp.org, www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org, www.commonblackcollegeapp.com