College admissions more than just a form

Gabbi Tomaselli – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With college application season in full swing, LRHS seniors are encouraged to apply if they haven’t already. 

Not all students may be aware that there are many steps when applying to college in addition to filling out an application.

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LRHS senior Olivia Loop considers her college options.

Senior Olivia Loop said she was not aware of how complicated the process could be.

“I was not aware that there were several steps when applying to college,” Loop said. “I always thought you only needed to fill out an application, but I was wrong. There are a lot more to do other than just the application and the whole process takes a while.”

Each college requires different information when applying. For example, an essay may be required for some colleges while it is only optional for other colleges.

Although some information is not required for all colleges, it is recommended to complete as much information as possible.

A list of Information to include when applying to college:

  • Application
  • Essay (optional for certain colleges)
  • Resume (optional for certain colleges)
  • Transcripts
  • ACT/SAT scores

Certain colleges allow students to send transcripts through the Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR) while other colleges want transcripts sent through the current high school.

Senior Abbey Patterson chose to include optional documents in order to allow her application to stand out.

“I applied to Alabama University which did not require an essay or resume but I included both anyways,” said Patterson. “Thousands of students are applying to each college and an essay and resume help you stand out to the college, so why not try to stand out and make a good impression.”

Senior Chloe Nelson said her application process was more complex than just filling out a form.

“I had to answer many short answers and an essay for the University of Florida, and the questions required a lot of thought as to why I wanted to attend their school,” Nelson admitted.

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