How to Prioritize Your College Applications

Written by The LCU Blogging Team on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 in Things to Do

There are so many things going on during your final year of high school it can seem like there’s always something that needs to get done sooner rather than later.

If you’re planning to attend college, however, it’s important to keep the college application process near the top of your to-do list, especially this fall. Applying to colleges is a process with many moving parts, but it’s important to stay on track and – should you hit a roadblock – it’s also important not to panic.

Getting started

Once you’ve determined what tasks you need to complete and created a to-do list, prioritize all of your tasks – from family obligations to school activities to volunteer work to college applications. Are there areas of your life in which you can spend less time to free up more time for applications?

When you’ve finished your list, create an overall schedule, but also one that’s just for completing tasks required for the application process. Estimate how much time you’ll need for each task (they usually take longer than you anticipate).

Setting aggressive goals with weekly targets is important. Get your parents and teachers involved. And when it comes to proofreading your essay, the more eyes on it, the better.

The checklist

Some of the things a college application checklist would typically require include:

  • Finding the link to the university’s application
  • Categorizing both the regular and early application deadline of the college
  • Sending your high school transcript
  • Scheduling an admission test, if required
  • Taking all other required tests, such as AP exams, SAT Subject Tests, etc.
  • Visiting the campus
  • Sending your admission test scores and other test scores
  • Requesting letters of recommendation
  • Writing, proofreading, and revising any essays needed for the application
  • Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form
  • Making note of all financial aid and scholarship application deadlines
  • Submitting the college application

These to-dos may be completed in a different order depending on the school’s location, application deadline, and your schedule. Make note of your top priorities and get to work!

Applying to LCU

Here are important dates to remember if you’re applying for admission to Lubbock Christian University. Note: You can apply for enrollment as early as your junior year of high school.

  1. Application deadline is October 31 for early decision first-time beginning applicants. Early decision notifications are made by December 15.
  2. For regular decision, first-time beginning applicants, the application deadline is January 1. Notifications are made by February 15.
  3. The provisional application deadline (also for first-time beginning applicants) is June 15. Notifications are made by July 15.

Seek help during the application process

While completing your application is sometimes a tedious process, take the time to have others help you. Have your parents and a friend proofread your essay. Any extra support you can get during this crucial step in your future education will serve you well.