7 tips for applying to college stress-free
 
 
Choosing a college or university is one of the most important
decisions you'll make, so it's vital to educate yourself about the
admission process. Here are some tips to help make your college
search less stressful.
IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START YOUR COLLEGE SEARCH
Waiting until the fall of your senior year is too late. Colleges and universities may require essays, letters of recommendation, multi-part applications, test scores and other information that you don't want to do at the last minute. Put together a calendar of significant dates to help you navigate the search process.
   
WORK CLOSELY WITH YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
Guidance counselors work closely with college admission officers and are knowledgeable about the college process. They also can help you with details such as selecting college preparatory classes and getting information on financial aid programs.
     
EXPLORE MAJORS THAT MATCH YOUR SKILLS AND INTERESTS
While you're looking at universities and the undergraduate programs they offer, think about your own personal interests and how they relate to choosing a major.

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DON'T RULE OUT SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF COST
Apply first, then leave financial considerations until the end. Universities provide resources that may make it possible for you to attend.

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PRIORITIZE THE FACTORS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU IN A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY
To help you decide what college will fit you best, give serious thought to what you want in a university. For example, here are some issues to consider in your choice:
Location: Are you interested in an urban, suburban or rural campus?
Size: What is the university's student population, its student-to-faculty ratio and its average class size?
Mix of students: Are there students from all over the country, with different backgrounds and experiences?
Academics: Does the university offer programs of study that interest you?

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VISIT AS MANY UNIVERSITIES AS POSSIBLE
To make the most of your campus visit, give yourself enough time to sample everything the university has to offer – take a guided tour, spend time in the dining hall or the student center and, most importantly, talk to students about their experiences.

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THINK QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY
When it comes to extracurricular activities, more isn't necessarily better. Colleges are more interested in the quality of the activities you choose and the commitment you have to them than they are with the number of activities in which you participate. Colleges especially look for activities that complement your education and pay close attention to any leadership positions you may hold.
     
 




     
   
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