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Monday, August 30, 2010

Organizing College Applications

   
Do you have a high school junior or senior going through the college application process? Or maybe it's you! The following blog post is from a year or two ago, but it is still just as useful today ...

College applications are complicated - especially when applications are being made to several schools. If you or your child are applying for college this year, organization is essential! Here are a few thoughts:

Using a file cabinet or a plastic crate, label hanging files for each school in the running. Place all pertinent data for each school in its own file. If you want to get extra-organized, have file folders within each hanging file for: applications, school information, notes from a campus visit, etc.

Write application deadlines on one calendar, and set intermediate deadlines to pace yourself.


Make a checklist for each application, listing what is required for each school. Check off each item when completed. Place each checklist in the front its respective application file. With a glance, you can see what’s missing without having to go through the entire file.

Create similar files for financial aid forms, scholarship applications and other areas of interest.


More on getting ready for college:  
Getting Organized for School/College - Software Tools 
Check out CampusCalmU 
Three Steps to Time Management for the College Student 

1 comment:

Craig said...

I like your idea of using a file cabinet or crate for hanging files for each shool. As you stated one can take this to an extra level by having applications, school information, notes from campus visit etc.

If one has access to Microsoft One Note and a scanner, one can create a digital binder that contains all school information. The student can have sub pages in this virtual binder. Therefore, everything will be digital and in one place. Finally, one can register for a free google calendar account and have the calendar notify you when the application date is approaching.