The College Admissions Guide

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Build Your College List

  • Welcome to Lesson 1: How To Build Your College List. At the end of this lesson, you will:
  • • Understand what qualities you want in a school (programs, size, cost, location, etc.)
  • • Create your college list
  • • Know how to prepare for admissions requirements
  • • Create a college tour schedule

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The Applications

  • Welcome to Lesson 2: College Applications. At the end of this lesson, you will:
  • • Understand the two most common application platforms (Common and Coalition Apps)
  • • Understand and know when to use specialized and niche platforms

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Activities

  • Welcome to Lesson 3: Extracurricular Activities. At the end of this lesson, you will:
  • • Know how to create a strong roster of well-rounded extracurricular activities (e.g. music, sports, community service)
  • • Have access to over 100 summer activity resources

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Standardized Tests

  • Welcome to Lesson 4: Standardized Tests. At the end of this lesson, you will:
  • • Know which college admissions test(s) are right and/or necessary for you
  • • Create a schedule for how to prep for and take standardized tests
  • • Track tests you’ve taken, your scores, and future testing dates

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The College Essay - Ace The Personal Statement

  • Welcome to Lesson 5: Ace the Personal Statement. At the end of this lesson, you will:
  • • Have a fully developed brainstorm for topics for your personal essay (and supplements, if applicable)
  • • Plan a schedule for writing your essay(s)
  • • Understand what makes a top notch essay through reading examples
  • • Be able to avoid common essay-writing pitfalls

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Ace the Supplemental College Essays

  • Welcome to Lesson 6: Supplemental College Essays. At the end of this lesson, you will:
  • • Understand the most common supplemental essay questions and themes
  • • Apply your brainstorms from Lesson 5: The Personal Essay to your supplements

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Decision Plans

  • Welcome to Lesson 7: Decision Plans. At the end of this lesson, you will:
  • • Understand all decision types (Early Decision, Early Action, Rolling Admissions, et al)
  • • Know where to find your schools’ policies and timelines (each school sets its own deadlines)
  • • Know how to use decision plans to your advantage in your application process

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Financial Aid

  • Welcome to Lesson 8: Financial Aid. At the end of this lesson, you will:
  • • Understand different aid options (federal loans, grants, work study, et al.)
  • • Understand what financial aid forms you need and how to use them
  • • Know how financial aid affects your applications at need-blind and need-aware schools