Applying For College

The process of applying to college will last from your junior year through the winter or spring of your senior year. To be successful in applying to college, we recommend investing several hours each week on the research and application process.

The resources below are intended to help you navigate the college application and the National College Match process. Keep in mind that the timeline and checklists might vary depending on your personal application route.

Timeline & Checklist

It’s important to stay on track with your college applications during your junior and senior years. We’ve complied the tasks you’ll need to complete into checklists for each stage of the application process. 

If you’re reading this as a senior, read through the junior checklist to see what you have missed. Then determine a reasonable plan to catch up as best you can.

11th Grade Checklist >>
12th Grade Checklist >>
National College Match Timeline >>

College Glossary

Binding admissions? Early decision? Learn the essential terms of the college application process.

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Choosing a College

It’s never too early to start researching colleges that interest you. As a talented low-income student, we particularly encourage you to look closely at top-ranked colleges with good financial aid. 

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Strong letters of recommendation can differentiate you from others among a large pool of applicants. Learn strategies to get the best letters. 

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Writing Essays

Students from low-income backgrounds often have a unique story to tell. Learn how your background can help admissions officers view your successes through a different lens. 

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