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College Admissions

5 Things to know about College Admissions

Undergraduate Admission Process - General

  1. Choose the school or schools to which you want to apply.
  2. Visit each school’s website, and request information and application packets from each school.
  3. Gather the documents and any other materials that must be included with your application.
  4. Complete the FAFSA.  Check out this video that explains more.  
  5. Make a folder for each school and it's materials.  Include a calendar for deadlines.  
  6. Choose the type of admission you want to apply for - Early Decision, etc.
  7. Review your application and materials carefully before submitting.
  8. Send or submit your application online by the deadline.
  9. Your application is received by the school and reviewed by the school’s admission committee.
  10. You’re accepted, denied or placed on a waiting list.
  11. The school lets you know about its decision. 

College Admission Tips

  1. Apply early to make sure you’re a good fit for a college and the college is a good fit for you.
  2. Most students apply to two to five colleges.
  3. There is a Common Application and the Common Black College Application that both include multiple schools.  
  4. Get to know each school’s admissions counselors. They can help you through the process.
  5. Visiting the campus is the best way to decide if a college is right for you.
  6. When you visit, ask lots of questions.
  7. If you visit a campus during the school day, bring a note back and give to the attendance clerk.  
  8. Your KEES money can be used toward admission costs for KY schools or schools where there is a major not offered at a school in Kentucky.  
  9. Remember to take the ACT/SAT for college admissions.
  10. Print and keep a copy of this College Application Checklist.  

ACT -American College Test

Juniors in Kentucky public high schools will take the ACT in March. These tips from KHEAA may help students do better on the test:

  •  Most of the ACT is based on reading. The more you read, the better you’ll score. 
  •  Take advantage of any free ACT prep courses offered by your school or by local colleges and libraries. 
  •  Take practice tests online or buy practice tests for use at home.
  •  Familiarize yourself with the sections and directions. 
  •  Get plenty of rest the night before, and eat a good breakfast that morning.
  •  Remember to take No. 2 pencils and a calculator if your school doesn’t provide them.
  •  Do the questions you can answer easily first, then come back to the harder questions, especially in the math portion.
  •  Guess if you have no idea what the answer should be. Answer all questions on the exam. 
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