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How Do I Apply to College?

1. Begin the search using the internet and college catalogs and by asking questions.

2. Determine what type of education you will seek:

  • Certificate (usually 6-18 months)
  • Associate's Degree (2 years)
  • Bachelor's Degree (4 years)

3. Narrow your choices to 3-4 colleges.

4. Take either your ACT or SAT: Reasoning Test (and SAT: Subject Tests if necessary) and THEA and have scores sent to those colleges.

5. Begin filling out applications online (links below) at www.applytexas.org (for Texas public universities) or at www.commonapp.org (for US private universities). Also, visit individual university websites for other online applications.

6. Send your transcript(s) to the colleges.

7. Apply for college scholarships (if there are separate applications).

8. Ask your teachers and/or counselor for letters of recommendation, if necessary.

9. Apply for housing (if you will be leaving home for college).

10. Fill out the FAFSA and/or the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (if necessary).
Last Modified on 8/11/2009 3:33:58 PM