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Your 5-step application checklist

Mar. 25, 2013 - 08:37AM   |  
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Colleges have done a lot to simplify the application process thanks to the Internet. In some cases, one application works for a number of schools. But you still should approach the applications carefully to be sure you’ve done everything a school has asked.

Here’s how to get your college career off the ground:

Shop for a school

Browse the Web, talk to friends and consult your education service officer to find out which schools have the best programs in the subject you want to pursue.

Ask about transfer credits

Colleges with a track record for serving military students often give credits for your military service or training. You could already have a number of courses out of the way if you’ve picked a major related to your military occupational specialty.

List requirements

Take a careful look at a school’s prerequisites before you send off the application. Most schools look at your high school grade-point average and SAT or ACT scores. If you haven’t already, you may need to take one of these tests.

Compile materials

Some schools require essays and recommendation letters in addition to your high school transcript and test scores. You may also need to provide proof of military training to receive credit.

Make the deadline

Don’t delay your degree by a semester just because you didn’t check the application deadline.

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