How Many College Applications Should You Fill Out?

Tips on Filling Out College Applications

The college application process can be confusing for many students particularly when they are the first in their family to attend college. There are so many forms to fill out and interviews on college campuses to schedule, and the process can be daunting for even the most studious student. Below you’ll find some helpful tips about the college application process.

How Many and Where To?

Some students reach their senior year with a less than stellar academic record and fear that they won’t get into college. If the goal is simply getting into a college, there are ways to increase your chances of getting at least one acceptance letter. The more schools you apply to the greater the possibility of getting accepted to at least one of them.

Applying to out-of-state schools can also increase your chances of acceptance. Colleges love to have students from all fifty states represented in their student population, so they will most likely accept out-of-state candidates. Fill out college applications for schools that are out-of-state to increase your chances of acceptance.

The More the Merrier

It is in your best interest to apply to several colleges and universities. If you are accepted, you could see what type of grant and scholarship money is available in the financial aid packages. This will allow you to compare several the financial aid packages of several institutions side by side. Also, with these financial aid packages in writing, you could call your preferred college or university to ask for a better offer. Some colleges will allow you to negotiate. The more college applications you fill out, the greater likelihood you will find a good match.

Approaching Deadlines

Deadlines are not set in stone. After filling out college applications, you will receive acceptance or rejection letters. The schools you have been accepted to will want an answer by a certain time. If you need to notify of school of your decision and you still haven’t received all your financial aid packages from other schools you’ve applied to, let the other schools know. They will most likely extend the deadline for you.


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