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How to Apply to College

Applying for college is a monumental time for every prospective college student. You spend hours upon hours deciding on the right school for you, your desired degree, and whether you want to attend college online or through a traditional learning atmosphere. Early application, application fees, application processes, and more are all things to consider during this time. 

There is a college option for nearly every student. Whether you are looking to return to school after a long hiatus or you are a recent high school graduate, it's important to understand the processes and procedures to begin your journey into college. Learn how to stand out among the crowd with an application that showcases your abilities and your goals. Make sure you have completed all the steps required. If your prospective college offers rolling admission, you could hear back on their admissions decision in just a few weeks. Although, the standard time to hear back from a college or university is two to three months.

You want a college admissions board to see your shining application through the thousands of applicants. Find out more about the application process from start to finish with these how to articles, brought to you by CollegeOnline.org.

  • College Application Checklist

    The college application is the ultimate deciding factor in the future of your scholastic and career achievements. You...

  • Creating a List of Colleges

    Applying to college will involve creating many lists, but perhaps the most important list is the one that helps you deci...

  • Early Action

    Early admission policies benefits students who want an admission decision quickly, but also benefit colleges that want t...

  • Having a Stand Out College Application

    The college acceptance competition is fierce. With more and more students applying each year, admissions boards are left...

  • The College Interview

    The college interview is not standard practice, and in many cases is optional. Yet, interviewing with a college admissio...

  • The College Waitlist

    It’s not quite a rejection letter, but it’s not an acceptance letter either. Receiving a letter from your coll...

  • The Common Application

    The common application takes (some of) the blood, sweat, and tears out of the application process. Most high school grad...

  • Waiving the Application Fee

    If you our your family is struggling financially, here are some programs that allow you to waive a college or standardized testing application fees...

  • What is the Student Search Service

    Universities and colleges around the nation are using a tool known as the Student Search Service. The tool, created by The College Board, allows students to receive brochures and other information from colleges they may be interested in.