YOUniversityTV Top 5 List – Applying to Schools
A college application is part of the competitive college admissions system. Admissions departments usually require students to complete an application for admission that generally consists of academic records, personal essays (as well as samples of high school work), letters of recommendation, and a list of extracurricular activities such as club membership and volunteer work.
Some schools require the SAT or ACT, while others make it optional. Deadlines for admission applications are established and published by each college or university. Many college-bound students receive application assistance and advice from their high school guidance counselors.
Students who are transferring from a community college to a four-year college can obtain guidance from their college counselors. Recently, aided by marketing firms, colleges have begun sending out “fast-track” applications. These applications typically waive the application fee, don’t require essays, and assure an admittance decision within a shortened amount of time. Critics warn that these types of applications are misleading, because they give the impression that the student is pre-approved to be admitted and may not explore other colleges because this easy option is provided to them. Fast-track applications can be called “Advantage Application,” “Candidate’s Choice Application,” and “Distinctive Candidate Application.”