1. Pick your college(s). Use one of the many college search sites available [see CollegeBoard, CollegeData, College Navigator, Unigo, for a start] and develop your own criteria (size, public/private, geographic location, type of setting, selectivity, etc.). Research further on each of your long-list colleges’ admissions pages. Whittle down to a short list that includes a couple of safety schools, a few good fits, and a reach college or two.
2. Visit the colleges on your list, if at all possible. For those you cannot visit, check their websites for virtual tours.
3. Revise your list. Steps #1 and #2 might need to be repeated a number of times.
4. Pick the type of application you will submit to each college and when: Rolling Admissions, Early Decision, Early Action, Early Action/Restricted, or Regular Admission.
5. Write the application(s) and submit with all accompanying materials by the appropriate deadline.
Some students may be able to follow these steps with minimal stress. If so, I would love to hear how they did it.
I would probably (lovingly) share their stories with Mod Squad Pete (who re-revised his Early Action list five days ago).
- How do I compare colleges? (drstrangecollege.wordpress.com)