College Application Information
- Research the colleges that interest you and have the degree you want to pursue, and environment type you would be most compatible with.
- Select your
top two or three schools and set up a campus visit, if you have not already
- Know the
application requirements, and guidelines for your school selections
- Compare the cost of your top schools, determine financial aid you will receive from the school
- Many colleges can be applied to
using the Common App. To see if the schools you are interested in use the
common app for the application process. Click this link http://www.commonapp.org/explore-colleges
- If your schools of choice are not available on the common app you will need to apply via that school’s website.
- Most applications will have a
section that needs to be completed by your school counselor. This section may
be titled the Counselor Page, High School Page or Secondary school report.
Email your counselor or send a common app request for this portion to be complete.
- If there is a section that needs to be completed by a teacher, reach out to the teacher you are asking to complete the section as soon as possible.
- All applications should be completed
- If using the common app, the
application will ask you to sign the FERPA waiver. By signing this waiver you
are simply agreeing that you do not feel you need to read or review your
letters of recommendation that teachers or your counselor will submit for you.
- Colleges will need to a copy of your high school transcript to complete the application process. Fairfield seniors can request this information through Parchment at https://www.parchment.com/
- Before submitting your application,
make sure you have read and reviewed ALL of your application. Review for typos,
missing information or any additional information colleges may need to know
There are four different types of application:
Early action has an earlier application deadline and you will receive early notification of admission status. If you are not accepted on early action you will be notified of either deferral to regular decision, waitlist or admission denied.
A binding agreement between the student and the school they are applying early decision too. This means the student MUST
attend this school if you are admitted. A student can only apply to ONE school under an Early
Decision. If a student is accepted, they will typically be notified much
sooner than a Regular Decision. Some things to consider if you are applying
- Is this school an option financially if no financial aid or grants are awarded.Due to Early Decision being a binding decision, a student must be secure that finances won’t be an issue if the school accepts them and for some reason they are not granted financial aid
- Does this school have the degree you
want to pursue?
- Have you visited the school?
- Have you researched all you can about this college to ensure this is where you want to pursue your degree?
If you are applying regular decision, it means you are applying under the schools standard application deadline, and can typically expect to hear about your admission status in early spring.
Many schools offer rolling admissions, meaning applications are submitted and reviewed continuously.
***Pay close attention to the admission decision you are selecting. If you have any questions or concerns about admission types, please contact your counselor.