Begin a college application

To begin an application:

1. Add a college you're interested in your list. Colleges on your list are shown below the search area. See this article for more information on how to search for colleges.

2.  If the college is a Coalition member, and is currently accepting applications, click or tap the Start Application () button.

Key Concepts

You must be at least a high school senior (a student with an expected graduation date of this school year) to be able to begin applications. See this article for more information.

High school graduates and college students wishing to transfer can also apply to colleges with open applications.

Only colleges with currently open applications have a Start Applying button. See this article for more information about which colleges are accepting applications this year.


3. Specify what type of applicant you are, and click or tap Continue. If you're not sure which type of applicant you are, click or tap the "View Requirements" link to learn more.

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4. Select Start Application (). This is only available if the college has open terms.

If you haven't completed the required profile sections for the college, this button is grayed out.

 

Tip

If you have profile sections that need to be completed, click or tap the name of a Profile section to go directly to it. 

 

5. Follow all the links to the various application parts to complete the college's application. These steps vary depending on what the college wants to ask applicants, and what type of applicant you are (for example, a first year (freshman) or a transfer).

 

Key Concepts

In many cases, you must compete one part of the application before another part  becomes available. For example, you may need to select your program and term before you can see what recommendations and essays are required.

If you want to apply for Early Decision, be sure to specify that early in your process when selecting a term, since it requires printing a paper form and getting signatures on it.

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