Many of us have heard stories about students who didn’t hear from one of their colleges of choice because their… fill in the blank: recommendations, transcript or standardized test scores were never received by the schools of their choice. Many schools will reach out by email or phone, or through their online system to notify you if anything is missing from your application. So, remember to check you email, voicemail and the school’s portal often.
However, in the end, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your applications are complete and that all the required components have been submitted and received by your schools.
Since application requirements and deadlines vary by school, stay organized while you go about confirming that your materials have been received. Create a list of your schools and itemize all the items required by each one. Then, using the online service your high school subscribes to, consulting the online tracking system you may have been assigned by each individual college, or checking by phone, verify whether each school has received the following components:
- The Common Application or Universal College Application
- Individual school application and/or supplement, if applicable. This may include an essay or personal statement.
- Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, SAT II, AP, TOEFL)
- Official high school transcript
- Mid-year grades
- Guidance counselor letter of recommendation
- Letters of recommendation (from teachers, coaches, employers)
- Application fee
- CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
- Individual school and state required financial aid forms