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Applying to Colleges

Applying to Colleges

  • Check your deadlines!
  • Read over your applications thoroughly. Make sure you have everything you need, including essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and score reports. 
  • Know the difference between Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular decision. Be aware of binding application decisions! These are not bad and might help you get into the school of your choice, but be aware of the rules about applying to more than one school for Early Decision. 


More information on Common App

Check out this handy set of Common App Instructions.

Admissions Essays

These essays are your chance to showcase yourself in a way that may not be presented on your application. What do you want colleges to know about you? What makes you unique? Use these essays to help your application stand out. 

Make sure you pay attention to word limits. Be as close as you can to the limit, but do not go over. Be diligent about staying on topic. Your essay may be great, but if it doesn't answer the question that was asked, it won't help!

Some helpful prompts to consider:
What makes you happy?
How do you define success, and what do you have to show for it?
How will you be changed by going to this university?
What risks have you taken?
How has high school helped you grow as a person?

Check out these other Sample Prompts.

And check out the amazing essay that got one student accepted into ALL 8 Ivy League Schools!

Other Information
If your college application asks you about whole school data, you can find that information on our school profile. Please note, IB students have a separate school profile.  Schools are also now asking students to provide self-reported data. Please make sure you do this accurately! This information can be found on your schedule as well as your transcripts.  If you have questions about how to do this, see your counselor.