Key Points: Prior to completing the table and developing your strategic plan for each college, take a moment and consider the following: 

  • Points of Contact: Colleges keep track of points of contact with applicants. This means information the college has sent to you; emails that you have sent to the college; visits that you have made to campus; and information requests that you have made through the college’s website.
  • Early Decision: Early Decision applicants are admitted at a higher rate than regular decision applicants. While ED applications are binding, colleges that are selective, are typically the most generous in regard to their financial aid policies. Consequently, if you believe there is a possibility that you might be offered admission via an Early Decision application to a top college, you should strongly consider applying ED.
  • Early Action: While Early Action is non-binding, many colleges consider students for institutional scholarships as applications are received. Applying Early Action not only will result in a quick admission decision, but may qualify you for consideration for institutional scholarships.
  • Test Optional: Colleges that are not requiring test scores will be focusing on such areas as rigor of course taking, grades, leadership, service, and gifts and talents. If you are strong in these areas, then test optional may allow you to overcome low test scores. However, if you have low test scores, and you are not strong in these other areas, you may not be a good match to test optional colleges.

Narrative:  Go to the ‘Module 13 – Narrative: My College Application Plan” page of your narrative document and take the following actions. 

  • Complete the College Application Support Team Table with the names and contact information for each person who will be supporting you though the college application process.
  • Develop an application strategy for each of the colleges to which you will be submitting applications.