Now is the time to confirm that your applications are complete. As you know, each school’s application requirements are different and deadlines also vary.
You’ll want to confirm that all the required components for your applications have been received. The easiest way to do this is to get organized and create a list of your schools and the specific materials 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 that each school has received the following components:
- The Common 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 or waiver
- Elective supplementary material
- CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
- Individual school and state required financial aid forms
If anything is missing, take action immediately by following-up. For example, if you’ve been advised that a letter of recommendation is missing, reach out to the writer and confirm that it has been submitted. It’s possible that the college has the letter but it has not yet make it’s way into your file. The same could be true for your transcript. Standardized test score may also take some time to be posted to your file. With all the application materials being submitted, it’s easy to understand how admission offices can get backlogged.
Follow-up is such an important part of this process. Please, remember to confirm your file is complete!