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Students & Alumni

Choosing & Applying To College

Students & Alumni

Choosing & Applying To College

Applying To College

There are several steps that are common to almost every college application. For most college applications, you’ll need to:

  • Fill out an application form
  • Get several letters of recommendation
  • Write one or more application essays
  • Provide your high school transcripts
  • Provide your scores on standardized tests

Graduate School Applications

Graduate school applications have similar steps, but different tests and requirements. Boston-area students can get in-person help for both college and graduate applications at our College Planning Centers.

The Common Application

Many colleges have their own application form, but nearly 500 accept the Common Application, a single form designed to make the application process simpler.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Different schools have different application deadlines
  • Ask for transcripts and letters of recommendation early
  • Keep copies of everything you submit
  • Send thank-you notes to people who write you those letters of recommendation.

Next Steps

After you’ve been accepted, learn how to understand your financial aid award letter.

Next: Grad School