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Finding a College or University
Before searching for colleges, it’s important to first list potential career interests and possible majors. Consider academic programs, reputation, region of the country, size, extracurricular activities, visual and performing arts opportunities, class size, scholarship and financial aid information.
Some resources to help you search for a college or university that suits you best:
nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator A site to research the net price per income bracket for each school.
bigfuture.collegeboard.org A College Board site with information about funding and testing.
aicad.org An site for esearching art schools.
collegeatlas.org A comprehensive college resource and school search engine.
aztransfer.com Information about transferring between Arizona universities and community colleges.
nacrc.net A comprehensive college search and planning website created by the Northern Arizona College Research Center.
accreditedonlinecolleges.org A list of accredited online colleges by state with research programs, accredited programs and accreditation details.
To apply to multiple schools at the same time, use the Common Application–commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx.
online.onetcenter.org A link for researching career options.
Arizona State University www.asu.edu
Northern Arizona University www.nau.edu
College Tests & Application Fee Waivers
Fee waivers for college applications are available to those who qualify. Fee waiver request forms are available through the College Board, ACT, and NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling).
The Application Package | The Essay
Your essay should clearly demonstrate how you’re an ideal fit for the institution you’re applying to. Study the philosophy and mission statement of the school and find ways to speak to how your interests, abilities and accomplishments reflect the school’s philosophy. You can’t simply recycle essays; each essay should be unique and tailored to the school to which you’re applying.
Your essay should be consistent with the information provided in other parts of your college application. At its best, the essay supports and expands information provided elsewhere. For example, if your grades and test scores are outstanding, you don’t need to state that you’re an excellent student. Instead, discuss what motivates you or how you’ve developed your work ethic and how it applies to other aspects of your life.
Colleges also want to see a sample of your writing, so the essay should be well-crafted and free of errors. Brainstorm, pre-write and write multiple drafts. Enlist others to proofread your essay and offer suggestions.
Resources to help with writing the college application essay:
The Application Package | Letters of Recommendation
Please allow the recommender at least three weeks to prepare your letter of recommendation. The more time you allow, the less rushed the writer will be. Also provide the following:a stamped envelope with the proper address and/or the email address for the recommendation form when completing online applications
- the date by which the recommendation is due
- a completed information form: see below
Ideally, each recommender will provide slightly different information and a slightly different angle on why you are right for a particular college, scholarship or program. Also, all parts of your application should work together to form a cohesive picture. Some questions for you to answer and give to those you asked to recommend you:
- Why are you a good fit for this particular university or scholarship?
- If not answered above, what are your future goals?
- What will make you stand out from others who are applying?
- Describe an area/class in which you excelled academically.
- Discuss any extracurricular, service or leadership activities that may assist you in this application.