You’ll want to check that all the required components for your applications have been received, as many schools will not review your application until your file is complete. The easiest way to do this is to get organized by creating a list of your schools and the requirements for 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.
Once you confirm your file is complete, your job is done!