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Applying to college?
Use our 4-step guide.

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Keep your college planning on track

Learn about preparing, applying, and paying for college.

Your October Checklist

View College Planning Calendar

Finish Your College List and Start Applying

You’ve done all your research. Now it’s time to determine where you’ll be applying and start tackling applications. If you’re applying early action or early decision, be sure to check due dates (typically either November 1 or 15).

Schedule College Interviews

Schedule college interviews—in person or remote—at the schools you’re most interested in, and prepare in advance.

Request Your Transcripts

Ask your school to send your transcripts to each college you’re applying to. If you’re using Common App, this can be sent by your counselor electronically.

Get Eyes on Your Essays

You should be finishing up your college application essays. Once you’ve written your final drafts, give them to trusted mentors for review.

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