Applying to College
College Application Platforms
The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of more than 800 member colleges and universities in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, China, Japan, and many European countries.
The Common Black College Application is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply up to 63 colleges and univerisities for one application fee of $20.
Start your application as early as ninth grade to get a head start. Then apply to any of the 150+ Coalition member schools, easily and efficiently. Remember, Coalition schools are committed to making college affordable and helping you find success.
Before creating your potential college & university lists consider:
Ivy-League Schools (if applicable)
Georgia Apply To College Month
Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed November Georgia Apply to College (GAC) Month. GSFC and other state education agencies will look to provide high school seniors an opportunity to apply to college using GAfutures.org with a focus on providing assistance to first-generation students, minorities, and students from rural areas.
High schools throughout Georgia will host GAC events where their seniors not only have dedicated class time to apply to college, they have an opportunity to speak with representatives from post-secondary institutions about navigating the college application process. Visit College Goal Georgia for more information.
GSFC sponsors GAC, along with Communities in Schools of Georgia, Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Independent College Association, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, the Technical College System of Georgia, and the University System of Georgia.
The week of November 15-19, College & Career with our Counseling Office will host Apply To College Month Information Sessions daily with different topics.
Full Ride Scholarships - Colleges & Universities
There are tons of colleges & universities that offer full ride scholarships, however any student looking to apply has to be open to applying to schools outside of your potential college list. These scholarships will normally be available during 1 semester of your senior year & "Early Application" college admission timeframe.
What career path will you take? Take the Career Assessment
Students are also encouraged to sit for the ASVAB Exam/Test, which is a Career Exploration Test that will assist them in finding out the career field they are stronger suited in. This exam/test is used by the military but it DOES NOT REQUIRE enlisting in any military branch to sit to take the exam.
College Application Fee Waivers
Make sure you thoroughly read the information provided at this site.
If you are a senior and eligible for college application fee waivers, you will receive them when you get your SAT score from The College Board. (2021-2022 School Year)
Test Optional Colleges & Universities
Colleges & Universities extending Test Optional (ACT/SAT can be waived)
for Class of 2022:
University of California, Berkeley
Ohio State University
University of Alabama
Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of Missouri
Charleston Southern University
James Madison University
University of South Alabama
University of Virginia
Agnes Scott (*additional information in the form of an evaluative interview or an additional graded writing sample.)
*This might not be appicable to scholarships that require test scores
Fair Opportunity Project
"We've created the highest-quality college application and financial aid guides and resource tools that we send to every public high school in America--for free. We're getting students from every background and zip code a fair opportunity."
College Green Light
Narrow down your college options and review numerous opportunities.
Want to narrow down your college choices? College Scorecard is a great tool.
Seniors Step-by-Step Guide to Applying to College
- Take either or both exams -SAT /ACT
Ideally summer before your 12th grade year starts or 1st semester
Review TEST OPTIONAL Colleges opportunities
- Start the College Application Process
(Know the College Minimum Admission Requirements)
- Ask for Recommendation Letters (In advance of application deadlines)
Recommendation letters should be from Academic Sources: Teachers/Counselors
- Complete your Educational Resume (ONLY if College Requires)
Try to complete the summer before you senior year begins
- Write a standout College Essay (ONLY if College Requires)
- Finalize your College Applications by Submitting
- Complete the FAFSA (Parents) October of your senior year, the aFAFSA application opens.
- Locate & Apply for Scholarships to Pay for College (Start your search at the colleges you have applied to.)
Track your HOPE GPA
Keep track of your HOPE Scholarship GPA with the tools on this site.
Early vs. Regular Application Decision