All New Applicants- The Process and Timeline

<p>"What Not to Do When Applying to College</p>

<p>What</a> Not to Do When Applying to College - US News and World Report</p>

<p>Being someone you're not.</p>

<p>Neglecting the personal statement.</p>

<p>Writing about the wrong school.</p>

<p>Asking questions that make us go, hmmm…</p>

<p>Forwarding vague recommendations.</p>

<p>Being careless in social media.</p>

<p>Disrespecting staff members.</p>

<p>Trying too hard to curry favor.</p>

<p>Missing deadlines:.</p>

<p>Disregarding directions."</p>

<p>Do US universities require our class 12 boards marks?? some colleges require Secondary School Record, are they marks of class 11 and 12 both??
One question about the essays, do we have to come up with our own topics or topics are provided by the colleges??
and where do you state or show or display your extra curricular activities?? do we have to show our certificates(just asked because I lost few of my certificates)??</p>

<p>Thanks in advance!!!</p>

<p>Yes Class 12 marks will be required to be submitted as and when they become available. Your application will show 'incomplete' till you do that.</p>

<p>Essays - when the Commonapp opens on the 1st of August, there will be one common essay. And depending on the college list that you are going to apply to, each of those colleges may have none to one to multiple essay requirements.</p>

<p>The Commonapp has dedicated space for ECs.</p>

<p>You do not need to submit the certificates for ECs, but you could be asked to.... So your school or someone should be ready to vouch for your ECs if the need arises. You do not need to have a basket of ECs to mention, go with few you have enjoyed, can talk about if the need be, and back up with proof if required.</p>

<p>Remember be honest in your application. That way you save yourself a lot of trouble of getting caught, having sleepless nights, thinking of excuses, cooking up a story. Like Gandhiji said 'Truth shall set you free'.</p>

<p>hahaahaa don't worry my application will be totally honest and genuine. Thanks again for the suggestions, you have really helped me in clearing my doubts and queries :)</p>

<p>I am sure you are honest. But I thought better to spell it out. Have heard stories of fudging followed by embarassment for the individual, parents and the school as well.</p>

<p>Also more than anything, honesty boils down to being true to oneself and taking pride in one's accomplishments.</p>

<p>one more doubt when you said "the commonapp opens in 1st August" did you mean 1st August 2013 or 1st August 2014???</p>

<p>Every year the college applications open on 1st August so that means August 2013 for the Class of 2018. Class of 2018 implies the folks applying in 2014 and passing out with Undergrad degree in 2018.</p>

<p>thanks again!!!</p>

<p>Do we have to pay for every colleges we apply for? I mean is there any paying fees in the application forms or processes to apply for the colleges?? Suppose i apply for 10 colleges, do i have to pay for all the colleges' application process??</p>

<p>Sorry to annoy you with my stupid questions.</p>

<p>Thanks in advance!!!</p>

<p>Yes there is an application fee for each college that you apply to @60-70 dollars.</p>

<p>I am not annoyed at all. Happy to help. But you should do a bit of reading and research on your own. And do come back if you still have doubts.</p>

<p>More concerned about your college preparedness because most of your queries can be simply googled. Or is it just plain laziness. Either way college will be a huge challenge if you do not fix it. College work would require huge amounts of self reading, research and writing. There is no hand holding in college, whatsoever.</p>

<p>What are the general documents that we need to send via snail mail while applying? Also, how to mention the coursework along with the school transcript?</p>

<p>The coursework is self explanatory with regards to the curriculum you are followng. So I do not think you need to do that. So the transcript would include the subjects, number of years with each subject through 9-12 and your grade/marks. Apart from this something that helps you put your grade in perspective, ie. class rank if available, number of students and/or average grade of the class because that is what puts you in context of the rest of your class.</p>

<p>The documents that go from school in snail mail may include LORs, Transcript/Attested Grade 9/10/11/12 Report Cards, school Counselor/Principal's recommendation/write up on you as well as the school, International student supplement and /or anything that you are unable to upload electronically.</p>

<p>Do we also need to send school profile? What should that incude?</p>

<p>The college board has a link to help you with school profile,</p>

<p>Creating</a> Your School Profile</p>

<p>And here is the sample school profile</p>

<p>Sample</a> High School Profile</p>

<p>Remember this is just a sample and your school can use it as a guide. So if your school has not sent students to foreign universities yet, you can use that to highlight that you are the first applicant from your school. That can be shown as a "first" and is a positive, as an initiative, doing different, aiming high....along those lines. Being subtle and boastful at the same time.</p>

<p>We need to send both the transcript and report card?
And I am not the first from my school to apply to foreign universities. Couple of students have done it earlier. But I am the only one from my batch. Could this help?</p>

<p>Transcript is a single page document covering all 4 years of High School. The Certificates verify the grades mentioned on the transcript.</p>

<p>Since your school has had applicants in the past, I absolutely agree that it helps. But School Profile is always good.</p>

<p>Thank you very much anialways
This helps a lot</p>

<p>Anialways, insane stuff! +1, thanks for your help!</p>