Basic Checklist for College Applications

Basic checklist for college applications

People love checklists, and the colleges don’t provide them as often as they should.

Most college admission applications ask for a lot of information that the average teen may not have readily available. Here’s a basic checklist for college applications.

This is just a handy checklist of commonly requested information to gather before you sit down to fill out and submit the application.

Collecting this information ahead of time can ease some of the frustration of the application process, especially if you’re close to the deadline.


Basic Checklist for College Admission Applications

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Social Security Number – this may or may not be required; however, if you plan to apply
for financial aid and scholarships, your SSN will need to be submitted.
The colleges your parents attended and the dates they attended or
year of graduation.
Names and addresses of all high schools you’ve attended including the
dates attended (Month/Year to Month/Year)
Transcripts from all of the high schools you’ve attended.
Names and addresses of any college that you’ve attended. Leave “Degree Earned”
blank if you have not completed the degree program.
ACT/SAT Test Scores, dates taken, and future dates you intend to take the tests.
Names of clubs and organizations in which you have been a member
during your high school years.
Your parent’s current employer(s) and your parent’s job title.
The names of relatives (and their relation to you) who attended the university
you are applying to.
Your employment history, including dates of employment (when you started and
when the job ended).

Note: If any of the colleges to which you’ll apply will use residency information for tuition purposes, you’ll probably also need parents’ driver’s license information and/or tax information as well.

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