A step-by-step guide to applying for college

We get it, the college process is not a walk in the park. The following article by College Express breaks down the process step-by-step with resources and tips to make your path to finding the right college a little smoother.

“When you break it down into easy steps, you’ll find the process more enjoyable and rewarding.”

“How to Navigate the College Search, Step-by-Step” separates the college search journey into 13 actionable steps. Look them all over or skip to the one you need most!


Step 1: Know your college search timeline
Step 2: Consider your major and academic options
Step 3: Make a list of what you want in a college
Step 4: Search for schools that fit your criteria to make your college list
Step 5: Go on campus visits
Step 6: Take standardized tests (or don’t!)
Step 7: Ask for recommendation letters
Step 8: Participate in admission interviews
Step 9: Start your application essay
Step 10: Narrow your college list
Step 11: Fill out and send your college applications—on time
Step 12: Begin the financial aid process
Step 13: Make your final college decision!