How to Stay Organized During the College Application Process

Stay organized with spreadsheets

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A lot goes into a college application: the essay, the transcript, the various forms, the fees, the test scores, the letters of recommendation, potentially a college visit and interview, and of course the effort. And since most high school graduates apply to multiple schools, things can get a little hectic to say the least.

So, how do you keep track of it all?

Use a spreadsheet to stay organized!

Why not try a spreadsheet? Firing up Excel or Google Sheets can be a great way to keep things organized and neat. By using this method, you can customize any number of ways.

Say you’re applying to five schools, for example. In a spreadsheet, you can rank them in order of which you’re most interested in them. You can include information like tuition price (both sticker and more importantly net), what kind of college fit it is (match, reach, or safety) for you, application requirements, and more.

You can do a lot with a spreadsheet.

You can also use a spreadsheet (perhaps in another tab to keep things neat) to track your progress in the application process. Do you have your ACT/SAT scores sent in? Check it off. Have you written your essay? Check it off. Have you visited a campus yet? Check it off.

By keeping things organized, you can navigate the application process with less stress and more confidence!

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