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Information for those who are planning to go to college:

Admissions Application Sections star
Knowing what information is requested on college applications can help students decide when to begin their applications and how much time to devote to them. In addition, having this information early in high school can help students shape their experiences in a way to help them prepare for college.

Admissions Mistakes star
Many students applying to college make the mistakes above. It is important to avoid making these mistakes because they will cause your application to be perceived less positively. They may even cause your application to be rejected.

Admissions Terms A - E star
Terms used in the college application process: A - E

Admissions Terms F - Z star
Terms used in the college application process: F - Z

Applying to College : An Overview star
An overview of the major tasks involved in applying to college.

College Admission Interview Do's and Don'ts star
Participating in a college admissions interview can be an admissions advantage for students and it can help students gather more information to help them select a college. However, students have to make sure they present themselves positively for the interview to provide be greatest positive impact.

College Admission Models star
There are many different models that colleges use as a guide for their admissions policies and deadlines. Because of this variation, the process of college admissions can be very confusing for students who do not understand the different models.

College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) star[offsite link]
The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a non-profit organization providing information on college admission, financial aid, college savings, and career selection.

College Packing List star
It can be difficult to know what to pack before heading to college. You will not want to leave behind anything essential. However, rooms in residence halls are very small, so you will also not want to take too much.

College Planning Timeline : Senior Year star
Your senior year of high school is a busy time. It is very important to stay on top of all of the college preparation tasks that must be completed during this very important year.

College Planning Timeline Through 11th Grade star
There are important tasks prospective college students must complete in order to fully prepare for college. Tasks from middle school through students' junior year in high school are listed in this article.

Counselor Evaluations star
If you are applying for admission to a competitive college your application will include a form for your school counselor to complete. Meetings with your school counselor can help your counselor create an evaluation forms that will help you stand out from other applicants.

Improve Your SAT Vocabulary star
Techniques to help students improve their vocabularies at low or no cost.

Questions for Students star
To ease your transition to college, it can be helpful to ask current students questions about their college experiences. Before taking a campus tour or attending an orientation program, develop a list of potential questions to ask students you meet.

Teacher Evaluations star
Steps to getting strong teacher evaluations for college applications.

Thanking the Admissions Interviewer star
After admissions interviews, it’s important to thank the interviewers. Sending a thank you note is considered a common courtesy and its absence is noticed. Sending a thank you note is also an opportunity for you to help keep your application fresh in the mind of the interviewer.

The ACT-Official site star[offsite link]
This is the official site to register for the ACT.

The Common Application star
Busy college applicants who want to save time and avoid rewriting the same information will want to investigate The Common Application.

The PSAT Official Site star[offsite link]
Link to the College Board´s PSAT site. The PSAT is a test to help students prepare for the SAT and it is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. This site includes information about the test, how to register, and information about the National Merit Scholarship.

The SAT - Official Site star[offsite link]
This is the official website for the SAT at the College Board. Test dates and registration information are found here.

The Stress-Free College Admissions Essay star
An article from BellaOnline´s Stress Management site for parents who want to help their children who are writing college admissions essays.

Types of Admission Interviews star
Not all colleges offer admissions interviews. The colleges that do offer admissions interviews may offer one more types of interviews. Admissions interviews differ based on who conducts the interview (admissions officers, alumni, or current students).

Writing A Quality Admissions Essay star
Steps to writing a successful, quality college admissions essay.

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