Private College Applications
The Common Application: Apply through The Common App whenever possible. If the college is not part of The Common App, apply through the college's website.
Letters of Recommendation: All private colleges require them. Visit our Letters of Recommendation page to learn how to ask your teachers and counselor for one.
Boring Essay Topics: Private colleges require essays, but don't write a boring essay. Visit our Boring Essay Topics page for help.
Transcripts: Private colleges require transcripts which your counselor will send for free.
Send Your Scores: Send your SAT/ACT scores directly from the testing institution. Visit our Send Your Scores page for help with this.
Early Action vs Early Decision: EA and ED deadlines are usually in November. Visit our Early Action vs Early Decision for more info.
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Many Private colleges require financial aid information in addition to the FAFSA. This form is called the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.