How to Start Applying for College

By Jessica Meyer

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Applying to colleges may seem overwhelming, but there are several steps you can take to make the process as smooth as possible! Here are a few tips on how to start applying for college in a smart, responsible and stress-free way:

Make a List of Schools

When applying for college, it is important to make a list of universities that you have an interest in attending. From there, research each institution and narrow your list to schools that meet your criteria. When considering colleges, ask yourself questions like:

Create a shortlist of universities you want to attend, and apply for admission to those schools.

Gather Materials

Once you have made a list and decided which schools you would like to apply to, the next step is to gather the necessary materials for the applications. Most colleges will require you to turn in a copy of your transcripts from the previous educational institutions you have attended, along with your ACT and/or SAT scores. You may also need to submit your high school diploma, a letter of intent or letters of recommendation.

Look for Due Dates

Due dates are another extremely important component to pay attention to when applying to colleges. Many universities will provide deadlines for applications, housing opportunities, meal plan options and scholarship opportunities. The earlier you apply for college, the more opportunities may be available to you, so it is always a good idea to apply early when possible.

At Grand Canyon University, we encourage you to work with an enrollment representative during the admissions process to ensure that you gather and submit all the necessary materials for your program of interest. In addition, if you plan to attend our main campus in Phoenix, we suggest that you attend Discover GCU, a free college experience. Visit our website or contact us today by clicking on the Request More Information button at the top of the page.  

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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