Organize Your College Applications

Take Stress Out of the College Application Process

The average number of applications being submitted by students to attend college is 7+ and rising; College Bound Cast Wider Net, Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2012. The process starts at the end of the Sophomore or beginning of the Junior year of high school and concludes with acceptances in the Senior year. As the number of applications rise, so do the requirements and deadlines.

It’s challenging to keep track of the passwords, the application deadlines, along with ensuring SAT/ACT test scores, teacher recommendations, transcripts and final grades are all submitted at the appropriate time; 7 schools times up to 10 or more inputs per school is a lot of information to keep straight.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Seeing where you are in the application process, by school, is priceless.

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To make keeping track of the details manageable here’s an easy to set up and easy to use Excel template. There are 3 major components: 1) a Dashboard page providing a top line summary of the colleges and universities being applied to, 2) a Settings page, predefined for the college application process, which can be customized to fit your unique needs, 3) Individual college contact pages to retain information and a complete detailed, historical record of notes taken during the admissions process.

Benefits and Value:

  • Easy to use and update
  • Quickly navigate
  • Convenient to share with guidance counselors
  • Keeps you organized and in control
  • Simple customization and set up
  • Saves time and makes you more efficient
  • Works with Excel versions for both Windows and MAC
  • Affordable single user license just $299 per copy

The College Application Template, makes applying to college easier.

Dave Oshlag has been helping companies large and small stay organized and focus on the right projects for more than 25 years.  His specialty is saving hours of time wasted on disorganized systems without spending thousands of dollars. He’s best known for enabling massive changes in productivity with tools like W5 Templates that are simple, streamlined and get people organized quickly.

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3 comments on “Organize Your College Applications
  1. quite interesting, heard it before but still interesting.

  2. Helen Davis says:

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