College Planning Checklist: Steps to Take

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Dec 4, 2013 4:16:00 PM

Getting into the right college can seem like a monumental task. There are hundreds of schools in Rhode Island and across the nation accepting candidates for admission. Finding the school that is your best fit and getting accepted is a task that, like finding a great job, requires some planning and forethought. Get organized in your approach, learn as much as you can about the schools you are interested in and the application process. 

Some things you need to know:

  • How to apply

  • When to apply

  • What you can do to make your application stand out

Getting started

Start your search with a self evaluation. Ask yourself what schools appeal to you and why. Then, honestly evaluate your abilities and accomplishments as a student. Some schools only accept a limited number of candidates.

Getting accepted means competing with other applicants. Make a list of all the schools you want to apply to and research their requirements for admission. Talk to your guidance counselor about creating a college list and how to effectively promote your candidacy.

Getting organized

A college planning checklist, information lists and charts are yourchecklist best friends when applying to college. A chart makes it easy to see at a glance which schools you've applied to, what their application deadlines and entrance requirements are. Keeping a detailed list of potential school information helps you when it is time to apply for admission and financial aid.

You don't have to make all of these lists and charts up yourself. The College Planning Center provides free college application trackers in both PDF and Excel formats to make your job easier. You can download this and other useful resources to help get you started.


Topics: College Planning