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Overview: Applying to College

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ALL COLLEGE APPLICATIONS REQUIRE:
Personal Information Basic identifying and contact information, including legal name, birth date, address, email, citizenship and Social Security Number (if you have one).
Official Transcript A record of your high school courses and grades sent directly to the college by Fairview.
FOUR YEAR COLLEGES MAY ALSO REQUIRE OR RECOMMEND:
Additional Personal Information More applicant information, including family, demographics (optional), educational, self-reported test scores, and activity lists.
SAT or ACT Standardized tests widely used by American college admissions to assess applicant readiness in reading, math and/or writing.
SAT Subject Tests One-hour, high school level exams designed to evaluate achievement in your choice of five subject areas: English, History, Math, Science or Foreign Languages.
Teacher Recommendation Letter A teacher's appraisal of your academic performance and intellectual promise in a subject area. It can convey the teacher's classroom experience with you, in particular your motivation, work habits or contribution to the class environment.
Counselor Recommendation Letter Your counselor's broader description of you and the role you played in the school community. It can explain your transcript and special circumstances, highlight your school participation, and elaborate on your personal characteristics.
Personal Essay An opportunity for you to convey who you are beyond your grades or test scores. It demonstrates that you can write clearly, express yourself effectively, and allows you to describe your aspirations, values or passions. Colleges that require this essay expect about 500 words (equivalent of about one page, single-spaced).
Supplemental Essay(s) Answers to college-specific prompt(s) which can allow you to provide more information about yourself, such as why you chose to apply to a college or department.
Interview A conversation with a college admissions officer or alumni. It gives the college a chance to get to know you better, and gives you an opportunity to ask informed questions about the school.

2-Year Colleges

Most 4-Year Colleges

Most Private & a Few Public
4-Year Colleges

REQUIRE:

Personal Information

Official Transcript
    or GED

REQUIRE:

Personal Information
Additional Personal Information
Official Transcripts

SOME MAY ALSO REQUIRE:
SAT or ACT
SAT or ACT Writing Section
Counselor Recommendation Letter
1 or 2 Teacher Recommendation Letters
Personal Essay
Supplemental Essay(s)

Some recommend, depending on major:
SAT Subject Test(s)



REQUIRE:

Personal Information
Additional Personal Information
Official Transcripts


SAT or ACT
SAT or ACT Writing Section
Counselor Recommendation Letter
2 Teacher Recommendation Letters
Personal Essay
Supplemental Essay(s)

Some recommend* or require:
At least 2 SAT Subject Tests

Some allow optional*:
Interview

* For colleges in this category, it is advisable that students treat Recommended or Optional items as Required.


SAMPLE COLLEGES

FRCC and other Community Colleges

Vocational, Trade or Technical Training Programs

SAMPLE COLLEGES

CU Boulder
CSU
University of Denver
Univ. of Washington (Final Transcript only)
Cal Poly SLO (Final Transcript only)
CU Denver
Santa Clara University
University of Puget Sound

SAMPLE COLLEGES

All Ivy League Colleges
Stanford University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Duke University
University of Michigan
UC Berkeley and UCLA (Final Transcript only)
Northwestern University
NYU and USC