Most college applications require the same basic information. Some ask for more than others, while some require little more than your name, address and educational experience. A few applications will ask for information about your family, too. Almost every college and university will require the information below, so be sure to have it ready before applying.
- Name and Address
Schools need this information to create a file for you and contact you during the application process.
- Educational Information
When do you want to enroll? What will you study? Be prepared to describe your educational background and goals, plus where and when you attended high school and any other colleges.
You'll be asked which tests you plan to take. Specifically, the school will probably ask about the ACT, SAT and/or THEA. The application will also ask when you'll take them, and for scores on tests you've already taken.
This information helps a school determine if you're a Texas resident. Most states have residency rules which require you to have lived in the state for a certain period before becoming eligible for the in-state tuition rate. If you're not a resident, your tuition and fee costs will generally be higher. Residency information can be found in the "Residency" section of this website.
- Extracurricular Activities
What are your talents? What honors have you received, and what community service have you completed? What is your employment history?
Essays are not required by all colleges. Read the application instructions carefully to see if the schools where you're applying require one. If an essay is required, ask your high school counselor and English teacher for help! A well-written essay is important to your application.