Summer is a great time to get a head start on your college applications, whether it means creating your college list or writing your essays. Check these tips to stay on track.
1. Get application help
- Coalition Application Allows You to Explain Your COVID-19 Hardships
- New Tool Provides Specialized Common App Assistance
2. Create your college list
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- Creating Your College List? Consult These Tips First
- 6 Ways Rising HS Seniors Can Prep for College This Summer
3. Boost your application with strong extracurriculars
- How Does a Student Do Standout Extracurriculars During a Pandemic?
- Get the Most out of Your Extracurriculars With 4 Key Tips
- Help … I have NO Extracurriculars for My Common App
Deep dive into our community’s vast knowledge and expertise and read through more insightful forum discussions on extracurriculars.
4. Craft your essays
- 5 Admission Officers Name Their Top Essay Tips
- 3 Tips for Writing College Essays in the Age of COVID-19
- Is Professional College Essay Help Permissible?
- Supplemental Essay Tips
- Essay Tips to Consider
Ask your questions or read through more discussions in our dedicated College Essays forum.
We also have a consolidated list of essay readers in our College Confidential community. Reach out to them for help!
5. Secure strong recommendation letters
- Should I Ask for Teacher Recs Even if I Think I Won’t Need Them?
- Acing the Counselor’s Recommendation
- I Don’t Have a Teacher to Request a Letter of Recommendation from
- Can a Recommendation from a Professor of the University You’re Applying to Help Boost Your Chances?
- Do Universities Allow You to Submit Letter of Recommendation from Elective Teachers?
- Who Should Write my Letters of Recommendation?
6. Prep for the ACT/SAT test
- Test-Optional Admissions Bring Holistic Reviews to Center Stage
- When Should You Send Test Scores to Test-Optional Colleges?
- This Student Scored a 19 on the ACT — Here’s Where She Got Accepted
- 5 Facts About Testing With Accommodations
- Directory of Schools Going Test Optional for 2020-2021
Ask your questions or read through more discussions in our dedicated SAT and ACT Tests & Test Preparation forum.
7. Consider the best option to pay for college
- Options for HS Junior Who Was Told That College Would Be Unaffordable
- Video: What Are Some Tricks for Covering Costs in College?
- Which State Schools Do Not Charge an OOS Rate (and Will Also Give Merit Scholarships)?
- EFC Formula for 2020-21 Released
- The Psychological Effects of Loan Debt
Ask your questions or read through more discussions in our dedicated Financial Aid & Scholarships forum.
- Tips for International Students Applying to US Colleges this Fall
- 6 Facts International Applicants Should Know About US Colleges
Ask your questions or read through more discussions in our dedicated International Students forum.