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Applying to College

Are you READY to apply to COLLEGE? 


Most students will begin applying to colleges during the FALL and WINTER terms of their senior year. It is important to visit the website of the college you are interested in attending to determine their individual deadline(s) for applications. 


The common items colleges require with their applications include: admission application, current high school transcript, senior year schedule, test scores (SAT/ACT/Accuplacer) and an application fee. Some colleges may also require: counselor recommendations, teacher recommendations, or even an essay.

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Most colleges have their own admission application that can be completed directly on their website. If you are applying this way, you will need to complete an application on each college's website & pay each individual application fees. 


Another way to apply to colleges in through a single application website. The most common of those sites are listed below. Visit each one to see if the college(s) you are interested in are partnered with that application site.  By applying through a single application site, you can often save yourself a lot of time and money.

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GAFutures: A valuable website provided through the GA Student Finance Commission. Students can utilize it for Financial Aid Information, College Planning, Sending Transcripts, Applying to College, and viewing their HOPE GPA & HOPE Transcript. All dual enrolled students are required to have a account; as are all students who plan to send a transcript to a GA Public College or the NCAA. Website:
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Common Application: A single online college application form used by over 700 colleges and universities. Instead of filling out the same general information—like your address, GPA, and extracurriculars— a dozen times, you only have to do it once. The Common App dashboard also helps you track necessary application documents (like your letters of recommendation) and important deadlines. Website:
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Common Black College App: An online application form that allows students to apply to 53 Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) for one low price. The student dashboard helps to manage applications. Website:
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MyCoalition: MyCoalition is a free online college-planning tool that helps students start early to learn about, prepare for, and apply for college. Helps to organize documents in one location, collaborate with trusted adults, and apply to 140 Coalition member schools. Website: