The Ultimate Guide to College Applications

The Simple Studies Blog Team
Published on
April 22, 2023


If you’re having trouble filling out your college applications or getting started, read our college guide! This guide covers all aspects of the application process from filling out FAFSA to creating a solid theme for your essays. Use our tips to wow your college admission officers.

Before you jump to our articles, check out our checklist. This college timeline checklist covers all the things you should prepare for from December to February. Explore our series of articles below:


Chapter 1

How to Fill Out: The Common App vs. The Coalition App

If you don’t know which application to choose, this article is for you. Learn all about these two popular types of college applications and choose for yourself which one you would like to fill out.


Chapter 2

How to Build a Balanced College List

Having trouble deciding what colleges you want to go to? Maybe you need advice on narrowing down to a few colleges. This chapter guide you through the steps to building a college list.


Chapter 3

How to Apply for FAFSA

This post breaks down the FAFSA application, including how to apply, the cost, and how the entire process works.


Chapter 4

Paying for College: Scholarships, Loans, and More!

Money is a huge factor when choosing college. There are many types of ways colleges assist you, such as through merit scholarships, need based scholarships, jobs, loans, and more.


Chapter 5

The SAT, ACT, and TOEFL: How They Compare

Whether it be the SAT, ACT, or TOEFL, students are required to take one or more of these exams to apply to a university. This post goes over the basics of each exam to determine which is the best fit for you.


Chapter 6

The Do’s and Don’ts for Writing College Essays

Essays are one of the most important parts of the college applications. If you need inspiration for your essay or want to know what common mistakes to avoid, this post is for you.


Chapter 7

Filling Out the Extracurriculars Section on College Apps

Did you know extracurriculars aren’t limited to clubs and organizations? You can add your part-time job, sports team, competitive activities, hobbies, and projects. Anything you do out of school counts as an extracurricular.


Chapter 8

How to Create a Theme in Your College App

If you would like to organize your application in a way that emphasizes qualities that you feel are important for others to know, then here are some great tips for you!


Chapter 9

How to Get the Perfect Recommendation Letter

Some schools require only one from your guidance counselor and some have a “no recommendation letter” policy. This post covers the info you should give your teachers and tips on who to ask for a recommendation letter.


Chapter 10

How to Nail Your College Interview

You may be wondering, “What are they even going to ask me?” and “How can I be prepared?” Luckily for you, this post will guide you through what you need to know, and will offer you 3 tips on how to absolutely crush your interviews!


Chapter 11

How to Make the Most out of Your College Visit

One of the most critical aspects of building a college list is what you thought when visiting them. Here are some tips to make the most out of your in-person or virtual college visit.


Chapter 12

What To Do After You Submit Your College Application

What do you do after clicking submit and visiting the schools? Here is an article on that!


Chapter 13

Pick Your School

There are lots of things to consider about what school to go to-- this article covers 40 of them.


Chapter 14

4 Alternatives You Can Do If Four Year College Isn’t For You

College is not for everyone and that’s totally fine. Whether you’re not sure what your plans are after high school or if you’re already set on not going to college, here are some options to consider!


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