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8 GOING TO COLLEGE IN NEW JERSEY • WWW.HESAA.ORG • 1-609-584-4480 COLLEGE APPLICATION FORMS MAY ASK FOR : > personal information > educational experience > high school transcript > standardized test scores > class rank > letters of recommendation > awards and honors > extracurricular activities > work experience > essay, if needed > social networking profiles APPLYING TO COLLEGE Y ou may be required to complete an application for each school in which you have an interest, but there are alternatives to consider when targeting multiple schools. There are electronic and online resources that enable you to complete one application that will be accepted by participating schools. First, you should ask your target schools about their participation in electronic and online resources. Tip! Your application may be your first introduction to an institution and you want to make a good impression. Make sure your application is clean, neat, and thoroughly completed. Make note of deadlines and submit your application well in advance. Proofread your application and your essay. Make a copy of your application and any attachments for your records. You may want to complete your application and your essay on blank paper first so that corrections can be made before entering your information online or on the actual form. GETTING ADMITTED Four-year institutions have admissions requirements, which vary by school. To make an acceptance decision, institutions will carefully review the information you provide on your application and may require a personal interview or, in some cases, a portfolio of your work. County community colleges have open admissions policies. This means if you have a high school diploma or a general educational development certificate (GED), or if you are at least 18 years old, you are guaranteed admission into the community college that serves your county. There are special entrance requirements for some programs. You must meet these requirements before you can be admitted to that program. Consult each school for specific admissions policies. EARLY ADMISSION Some institutions have early admission or early access policies. This can be attractive to students who are absolutely certain about the school they want to attend. However, early admission policies can restrict or prohibit you from applying to other schools. If you are uncertain about the school or need more information about costs and financial aid, you should carefully consider the pros and cons before seeking early admission. Apply to the schools that most suit your interests and your objectives. You can obtain applications by contacting the college or you can apply online through the college's website. >>>

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