By. Jacqueline Y.

Steps to Applying to Colleges:

Step 1: Figure out what you want to major in. It helps to do this first, because it helps you chose the schools that you want to attend. You can use collegemajors101 or to help with this.

Step 2: Make a college list. Not necessarily a final list, but a list of places you want to attend. Some of the scholarship websites listed below can help you make your college list.

Step 3: Try to visit a lot of schools even if you don’t want to go to them, because you may go to a college that you really like that wasn’t on your list.

Step 4: Research the colleges you want to attend. Research the heck out of them because this info will come in handy later when it’s time to write your college essays. Also, research to see if the schools you want to apply to have scholarships, because you will have to apply early for these awards.

Step 5: Now make your final school list.
Step 6: Make a list of your high school clubs, activities, and achievements. Write your essays. Get your recommendations.

Step 7: Apply to your colleges.

Note: Don’t wait until the last minute to do your applications for college.


If you don’t want to be in a lot of debt when you get out of college, then scholarships are a must for you.

Well-known Scholarships
  • Posse Foundation
  • Questbridge
  • Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship
  • Gates Millennium
Scholarship websites: You can go to these websites to find more scholarship opportunities, or to learn more about the colleges you want to apply to.
  • College Board's Scholarship Search

Also, see if some of your clubs (remember that list) offer scholarships. For example, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, does offer scholarship opportunities to Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Here's a link: GirlScoutsATL Scholarships and good luck!

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