Applying to College

  • College Application Platforms

    common app    

    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.

    Common App

     GET EDUcated! EDU, Inc. Common Black College Application

    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. 

    Common Black College Application


    Coalition for College

    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: 

    State Schools 

    Private Schools 

    Ivy-League Schools (if applicable)

  • 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. 

    Full Ride Scholarships

  • Scholar Programs

    GA Scholars Program

    U.S. Senate Youth Program

  • Career Quiz

    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. 

  • First Gen

    First Generation College Students

  • College Application Fee Waivers

    College Application Fee Waivers: Search for Colleges on BigFuture

    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)

  • Undocumented Students

    Paying for College

    Tuition Assistance for DREAMERS

    LAA College Resources

  • Test Optional Colleges & Universities

    Colleges & Universities extending Test Optional (ACT/SAT can be waived)

    for Class of 2022: 

    Berry College


    Lynn University

    Dartmouth College

    Northwestern University

    Princeton University

    University of California, Berkeley

    John Hopkins University 

    Yale University

    Emory University

    Columbia University

    University of Maryland

    University of Pittsburgh

    University of Vermont

    Wellesley College 

    Ohio State University

    University of Alabama

    Rice University

    Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga

    Emmanuel College

    Howard University

    University of Missouri

    Charleston Southern University

    UNC Charlotte

    James Madison University
    University of South Alabama

    University of Virginia

    Clark Atlanta University

    Colorado College

    University of Chicago

    University of Southern California

    Vanderbilt University

    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 

    Other Test Optional Colleges & Universities

  • Fair Opportunity Project

    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

    College Green Light

  • College Navigator

    College Navigator Research Tool

    Narrow down your college options and review numerous opportunities. 

  • College Scorecard

    Want to narrow down your college choices? College Scorecard is a great tool.

  • Seniors Step-by-Step Guide to Applying to College

    1. Take either or both exams -SAT /ACT

    Ideally summer before your 12th grade year starts or 1st semester

    Review TEST OPTIONAL Colleges opportunities

    1. Start the College Application Process

    (Know the College Minimum Admission Requirements)

    Choosing a College

    1. Ask for Recommendation Letters (In advance of application deadlines)

    Recommendation letters should be from Academic Sources: Teachers/Counselors

    1. Complete your Educational Resume (ONLY if College Requires)

    Try to complete the summer before you senior year begins

    1. Write a standout College Essay (ONLY if College Requires)
    2. Finalize your College Applications by Submitting
    3. Complete the FAFSA (ParentsOctober of your senior year, the aFAFSA application opens.
    4. 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.

    GaFutures HOPE GPA

  • Early vs. Regular Application Decision

    Early vs. Regular Application Decision

  • College Board Check Lists By Grade Level

    College Planning Checklists for Every Grade

    White heavy check mark  Freshman

    White heavy check mark Sophomore

    White heavy check mark Junior

    White heavy check mark Senior