Before doing anything else, carefully read all directions.
Make a checklist of everything that is required for each school (some schools do this for you).
Neatness counts. Most colleges offer an electronic application which enables you to type the application. If you do not want to send an application online, you may be able to download the application, complete it on the computer, print it, and mail it.
If doing applications by hand, print and use black ink.
Do not cross out or write over mistakes. Use correction fluid to cover mistakes.
Do not hand-write the essay or personal statement unless specifically asked. Compose it on a computer and attach it to the application.
Proofread. There is no excuse for spelling or grammatical errors.
Be complete. Fill in all the blanks. If a question is not relevant, indicaye “N/A”. If you attach a resume or personal statement, say, “See attached.”
Make sure you complete all parts. Some departments have extra forms or special applications. Most have a form to be given to your counselor; turn this in with the application. If there is a form to be completed by the teacher, give this to him/her early.
Photocopy the completed application for your records.