Applying to College

DRHS College Guide, Amber Hamilton (email: [email protected]) is available to assist students with college search, applications, SAT/ACT registration and preparation, and financial aid on Mondays, Wednesdays, and half-days on Fridays. You may email her at the address above or complete an appointment request form (located on the bookshelf to the left as you enter the Media Center) at any time.

2010-2011 College Deadlines, Fees, and Requirements

The Common Application site contains information regarding comparisons of colleges, fees, deadlines and other requirements. A convenient “at-a-glance” PDF is available as well.

Successfully applying to college (picking colleges, application process, essays, etc.)

Is part of your application really missing?

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How to Ensure Your Applications Reach Their Destinations

It is common for students and parents to feel tension during the college application process. Sending out applications, however, doesn't have to be an activity that causes stress. Following these steps will ensure that your applications get to where they're going:

Send applications in a timely manner. Getting college applications in on time actually means sending them out several weeks in advance of the school's deadline. This will allow the post office to deliver the material and the staff in the admissions office to process it with time to spare. Even if you're emailing your applications, send them in advance just in case any unforeseen issues come up. When you mail your applications in advance of deadlines, even if material needs to be resent, there's nothing to worry about.

Make sure to duplicate your entire application. Also, remember to hang on to notes or emails from admissions offices, personal identification numbers and passwords, and even canceled checks. It never hurts to have full documentation of your actions and interactions, especially if a problem crops up later.

Send self-addressed postcards. Include return postcards with application materials so that colleges and universities can reply and acknowledge that information has been received. Invest in some stamps and postcards so you can send a response card to colleges (give to guidance secretary WITH your request for transcripts). This extra step can give you the peace of mind you crave.

Keep your name consistent. Choose one name and stick with it. If you include your middle name on one document, you must remember to use it on all other forms. If you have a nickname, decide whether you will apply using that name or your given name. Either way, don't switch once you've chosen because the likelihood of mix-ups and missing pieces will undoubtedly increase if you do.

Get the facts. Even if part of your application really is missing, the situation is easily fixed. Avoid angry confrontations with admissions officers or your school counselors. Take a deep breath; find out the real deal by calling the college's admissions office; and then take the steps necessary, if any, to rectify the situation. — Source: