What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

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What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

Suzanne Shaffer
Owner Parents Countdown to College Coach

What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

I recommend that students maintain a separate email address for all college communications (i.e firstnamelastname@gmail.com). Students should also investigate online organization tools and app tools that help them keep all their college info in one place. Additionally, a large wall calendar will help the entire family remember important dates and reminders. Take advantage of your smartphone by setting alerts for important application deadlines.

Henry DelAngelo
High School Counselor 20 + years Your Key to College

What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

Using a spreadsheet to track the schools you plan on applying to with a list of things you are looking for in a campus and a major can make the process a whole lot easier. Also plan on taking lots of pictures when you visit to help you to remember each campus.

Pamela Hampton-Garland
Owner Scholar Bound

What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

I would suggests that the best way to remain organized during the application process is to complete general information before beginning the application (dates of all activities volunteer, school, work), write a general personal statement that reflect your motivation, interest, and why the institution is the best choice for your future interest.

Zahir Robb
College Counselor The Right Fit College

What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

Create a checklist for each of your schools and keep a folder for each. Checklists should include: deadlines, transcripts/test scores sent, letters of recommendations requested/sent, essays, interviews, and financial aid. I would create a second list for admissions decisions and your final acceptance so that you ensure all materials are sent.

Lisa Carlton
Owner www.collegematchpoint.com

What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

I love the online platforms that help students stay organized. I use these extensively with my students. You can take a look at Big Future or check to see if your school uses Naviance. One of the keys to staying organized is having a timeline with critical due dates. You might want to pick a day each week and review your timeline. My final suggestion to anyone applying to college is START EARLY. This is the best organizational strategy you can employ. This allows you to complete each task in a methodical manner. Good luck!

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder getmetocollege.org

What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

Be patient. Save all usernames and passwords on your computer and on your cell phone. Make sure you have a checklist for each college and all of your high school deadlines. You can be as organized as you need and never stress.

Ronald Harris

What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

Once you pick your list of schools, organize them in word or excel, and arrange your schools by application due date. You should not send applications in at the last minute. The sooner you submit your applications, the better. Admissions offices tend to get overwhelmed as the application deadline nears. Take time to make sure your application is complete.

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

When working on the numerous amount of dates for admission and financial aid deadlines, you must use a calendar with several copies printed so everyone in the family can keep you on track! Even with our technology and smart phones, it is important to have a visual where everyone can see.

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

The deadlines, high school forms, piles of shiny brochures, applications, application supplements, and scholarship opportunities can be a little overwhelming. The first way to stay organized during the process is to create and use a college-planning calendar. List application due dates, college visits, test dates, and school functions. Then create files to manage all the information. Create a file on your computer for essays, account passwords, resumes, and all application related document. You will also need some files for the mountains of paper. Recycle mail from any college you have removed from consideration and make a file for each school still on your list. Keep a file with copies of your test scores and transcript. When you know where everything belongs it is easier to manage the deadlines and details.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

What are the best ways to stay organized during the application process?

I have a GRID which I give to each family so they can list all items to be submitted to a college and the dates they are due. This way NO deadlines should be missed. Also, have a file folder on each college w/copies of all correspondence.