4 Things to Take Care of While You’re Waiting for a College Admissions Decision

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 1/12/17 8:30 AM

And just like that, your last application has been submitted. First of all: congratulations! If you’ve followed our advice over the past few months, you’ve put a lot of time and work into applying to college and you should feel proud.

Waiting to hear back from the schools on your list can be agonizing, but it doesn’t have to be. The trick is to keep busy. 

Shifting your attention to other things on your college application to-do list will help make the time go by faster, and ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running once you’ve received the last of your decisions.

Here are four things to do during the next couple of months (that don’t involve hitting refresh on your admissions status portal).

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Topics: Applying to College, Common App

How to Find Your Colleges on the Common App Website

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/13/16 8:30 AM

One of the hardest parts of the college search process is identifying schools to apply to. The easy part? Finding the schools you want to apply to on the Common App website. It’s a simple two-step process once you’ve made your account.

Step One: Search for your schools.

Click on the College Search tab to get started. You’ll use the College Search tab to locate and add schools to your list. If you already know which schools you want to add to your My Colleges list, you can type each name directly into the School/City field.

You can also search for schools by state or country, or search for schools based on distance from your zip code. 

Additionally, you can refine your search based on application deadlines.

Step Two: Add your schools. 

To add a school to your My Colleges list, check the box besides its name and click the Add button at the bottom of your search results. If you want to add all the colleges from your search results, you can click the box next to Member Name in the top-left area of your screen.

And that’s it! Your schools have now been added to your list. You can continue to search and add additional schools, or begin reviewing your deadlines and requirements for each school you’ve added.

If you’re ready to begin your applications, be sure to read our guide on 12 Common Mistakes First-Timers Make When Applying to College with the Common App, or check out our recent article: Common App FAQ: 10 Burning Questions Answered for College Applicants.

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Your College Application Checklist for December 2016

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/1/16 8:30 AM

 If you’re all caught up on your November checklist for college applications, it’s time to keep moving in the month of December. 

(We know it’s tempting to take a break over the holidays, but you’ll be glad you kept on top of things once January rolls around.) 

For High School Juniors

  • Keep doing your best in your classes
  • Look for ways to get involved in clubs, organizations, or volunteer work
  • Take the PSAT Exams (if you haven’t already)
  • Continue researching colleges and universities
    • List the important priorities for you
    • Talk to your school counselor
    • Reach out to your colleges’ admissions teams
    • Attend college fairs and meet with the admissions reps
    • Follow schools on social media

For High School Seniors

  • Check your list of deadlines from November, including:
    • Application deadlines
    • Scholarship deadlines
    • Financial aid deadlines
    • Recommendation letter deadlines
  • Check your Common App deadlines (if you’re using Common App)
  • Retake the SAT/ACT (if necessary, and if you didn’t in November). Remember: schools allow you to apply with your best scores from each section of the test, so taking the SAT/ACT multiple times can help improve your chances of getting into college
  • Research and apply for at least two scholarships

Keep checking your list throughout the month, and try to knock something out every week. You’re making great progress, and spring is just around the corner.

Want to know how to prepare for the rest of the year? Be sure to download our Ultimate College Decision Timeline.

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Topics: Applying to College, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Application Timeline, Common App

What Does IPFW Look for in the Common App?

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 11/15/16 8:30 AM

Curious what the IPFW Admissions crew looks for in applications submitted via the Common App? We’ve got you covered. We sat down with the Admissions team to get a better sense for how to make your application to IPFW stand out.

Q: What application materials does IPFW require that I can submit through Common App?

A: IPFW requires the basics that every other college also wants through the Common App. We require official transcripts from your high school, and from any colleges you previously attended where you earned credit. (This includes colleges where you participated in a dual credit program, like IPFW Collegiate Connection™.) If you earned a GED, you must submit an official copy of your GED transcript.

Sending these items through Common App is the fastest and most efficient way to get them to the Admissions team, but you can also send your transcript through an electronic transcript service, such as Parchment, or even through the mail.

Just make sure you request the documents to be sent directly to IPFW; if you forward them to us yourself, we may not consider them official. 

IPFW doesn’t require letters of recommendation or personal essays to be considered for admission.

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Topics: Applying to College, Common App

4 Pieces of Information You Need to Complete the Common App

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 11/10/16 8:30 AM

The Common App makes it easier to apply to multiple schools on your list, but it will ask you for several pieces of information in order to be completed.

Not all of the application materials you’ll need are readily available, so it’s good to be prepared ahead of time. Be sure to check out our step-by-step guide to completing the Common App for more details on how the Common App works.

A Copy of Your High School Transcript

This copy will need to be official, and will be provided by your high school. Your guidance counselor can provide additional information on how to include your official high school transcript with your application through Common App.

A List of Your Extracurricular Activities, Both Inside and Outside of School

This can include sports, clubs, organizations, volunteer work, faith-based activities, and employment you were involved in while in high school.

Test Scores and Test Dates for College Entrance Exams 

This includes the SATs, ACTs, and SAT Subject Tests. Your official test scores will be provided by the testing companies, which you can have sent to the schools on your list. If you’ve taken these tests multiple times, only include your best scores.

Parent or Legal Guardian Information

This will include educational background, occupational information, employer information, and more. Your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may need their most recent W2s. If you don’t have information about one of your parents, don’t fret—you can let Common App know that and it’ll let you move on without that parent’s info. 

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Filling out the Common App

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 10/11/16 8:30 AM

Wondering what it takes to fill out the Common App? We’ve broken it down into five easy steps.

If you’re preparing to fill out the Common App, make sure to check out our Common App FAQ for 10 of the most popular questions about using the Common App.) 

Step 1: Create Your Account

Your first step is to create an account at commonapp.org. You only need to provide some basic information to get started—your name, address, phone number, and so on—so you can complete this step as early as you want.

In fact, the earlier you make your account, the better: since you’ll be returning to fill in information over the next few months, it’s a good idea to learn your way around the Common App system early. 

Step 2: Add Schools to Your List

The Common App has information on nearly 700 schools, including public and private universities. You can sort schools based on different criteria to find the ones that match your needs and interests.

Common App’s database is a great way to find schools you might not have discovered on your own, but it’s important to do some research on your own, too. Be sure to think about what you really want in a school (beyond cost and academics) and build your list from there.

 (If you need a jump start on your list, we’ve previously talked about 10 Indiana Schools that Use the Common App.)

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Topics: Applying to College, Common App




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