College Application Process

College Planning Resources

Preparing for college can seem overwhelming! Check out these links to great resources for helping you decide your major, how to pay for college, and many more helpful hints to making the college transition easier! Should you apply for early admission? How many colleges should you apply to? What kinds of activities look best on a resume? Should you visit a college? All these questions and more can be answered with these resources.
High School Counselor Week - lots of articles on college trends, admissions, advice, etc.
National Association of College Admissions Counselors 
LINK for Counselors- a wealth of resources about college visits, essay writing ,etc
Character Counts: What Are Colleges Looking For?
Trends in Higher Education
College Graduation Rates - graduation rates for more than 3,000 colleges and universities
Types of College and University Admission - which one is right for you?
Hottest Careers for College Graduates 
STEM jobs - find out all about the hottest careers Science, Technology and Engineering
What if I have a low GPA?
What if I have low test scores?
Ten summer activities that will turn admission heads
Apply to 4 or more - College Board
Colleges for B students

Apply to College

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Apply Texas is where you need to start for applications to all Texas public schools and many Texas private schools. It's easy to create an account and get started! Member schools can be found here.

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The Common Application is used for over 500 public and private universities and 
colleges nationwide. Member colleges can be found here.

If you are not sure which application your college wants then you will need to visit their specific website and use the appropriate application documents. It's wise to consult the specific website of your desired college so that you can make sure you have submitted everything they request for admissions.
The Coalition Application - is it right for you?
College Essay Practice
Get a head start on your admission essays for college.

**** New from TAMU and UT -- they only want Essay A. 

Common App Essay Prompts
Apply Texas Essay Prompts 

Tips for Writing an Effective Application Essay
Sample College Application Essay 

Letters of Recommendation

Please print and fill out all three forms below so we can write you the best recommendation possible. Choose teachers who know you well that can speak to more than just what you write on a resume. Colleges want to know something personal about your character not just your test scores and activities. You must give your counselor and teacher at least three (3) weeks notice before you need a letter of recommendation! 
 
Student Form
Parent Form
Teacher Form

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