College Counseling Update: The Application Process

The college application represents you. The Admissions officer reading your application might never meet you, so the only way they have to get to know you and what you have accomplished is through the application for admission. You need to spend time on your application. Be honest, be authentic, be thorough and be intentional. And when you think it is your best work, proofread and proofread again. Have your parent(s) look over it, and know that Mrs. Blalock – she’s the “go to” in resume and essay writing - and I are ready and willing to help you navigate the process. The application must be flawless; you get one time to get it right!

Application Tips:

  1. Colleges are serious about deadlines. Be aware of deadlines – it’s your responsibility!

  2. You will need your Social Security Number, senior class schedule and an unofficial copy of your transcript.

  3. Plan to submit applications to 3-5 colleges by November 1. I highly recommend that you submit by October 15. It’s always good to work ahead of schedule.

  4. Read and complete each application, answering all questions completely and honestly.

  5. Arrange for official ACT and SAT score reports to be sent directly from ACT ( and/or College Board ( to each college.

  6. Colleges will need supplemental information (transcripts, secondary school reports, etc.) before they can process your application. I need a two week notice prior to your deadline.

  7. Seniors need to follow up on application status with each college. This should be done 2-4 weeks after the application is submitted.

  8. Regularly check your email and respond immediately to college requests.

  9. My goal is that this will be an enjoyable experience for you and your family. I’ve been in this business a long time, and I want to help. I realize that some families have been through this process before and want or need minimal assistance. It’s a brand new experience for other families. Let me know how I can help. I’d consider it a privilege.

Sheree Bridges

Director of College Counseling