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The College Application Process

Taken from the 2013-2014 College Handbook.

Step 1
Figure out what colleges/universities you want to apply to for admission.

Step 2
Print out the checklists, applications, and any required forms for those schools, even if you plan to apply online. Review all requirements. Use the college application checklist found at the end of the handbook to stay organized.

Step 3
Request your letters of recommendation (at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline) by using the StoneBridge form (blue) and/or college specific forms ASAP. This form can be found in Appendix F.

Step 4
Request your transcript (at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline) by using the StoneBridge form (gold). This form is to be given to the College counselor. Also include any college specific forms that must be submitted with your transcript by the school counselor. This form can be found in Appendix H.

Step 5
Write your essay(s)/personal statement(s) for each of the applications you plan to submit.

Step 6
Submit your applications to the colleges, along with your application fee and other supporting documentation. Make sure you follow-up on your letters of recommendation and transcript requests. You should try to finish all college applications before Christmas break.

Step 7
Plan to take and study for the SAT and/or ACT. Make sure you have your scores sent directly to the colleges you are applying to. SBS school code is 470-489.

Step 8
Students planning to participate in a sport at a four year college must submit an NCAA application for clearance the fall or your senior year. You must apply online at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. SBS school code is 470-489. Make sure you print out the transcript request form and turn it into the college counselor.

Step 9
Search and apply for scholarships. Do your research on the internet and use the StoneBridge scholarship list available in the monthly College Counseling Newsletter and the SBS website to apply for scholarships. This should be done throughout the school year. Be sure to inform the college counselor of any scholarship money you receive.

Step 10
Fill out & submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This is required for all students who plan to attend college and is used for federal and state student grants, work study, loans. You can do this online at www.fafsa.ed.gov as early as January 1 of the year you plan to attend college.

Step 11
Each admission decision letter should be read carefully and you should take note of all reply deadlines and deposit amounts. Let the college counselor know about all your acceptances as well as your final college choice.

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