The College Application

How to complete the college application

The College Essay/Personal Statement

Having a hard time starting your essay? Try the writing exercises at the link below!

Reminder! A complete application typically includes:

1. The Application itself (most schools can be found on the common app)

 Fee waivers are available within the application itself. Navigation=common app tab>>Profile Section>>Common App Fee Waiver [bottom option]>>Select “yes” based on the following option: You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., GEAR UP, TRIO such as Upward Bound or others)

**BE SURE to add Delta as your advisor (not recommender) on your common app

2. Transcript

Request transcript from your high school counselor—some schools allow you to upload yourself while others require it to be sent directly from your high school

3. Personal Statement

4. Supplemental Essays (required by some schools)

  • Be sure to fully answer the prompt
  • A great way to include more about yourself that hasn’t already been shared elsewhere in your application

5. Letters of Recommendation

Requirement varies by school; typically involves 2 teacher and 1 counselor recommendation–check the admissions site for schools on your list for more information

6. Interviews 

Usually optional but should be completed for top choice schools

7. Portfolio

Portfolios may be required for those applying to art, dance, music, design majors etc.

8. Test Scores

  • Vast majority of schools are test optional meaning they are not required to submit. Be sure to check your school and major requirements for admission
  • Check in with Delta if you have questions about testing or need help signing up for a test

**All application pieces are required by the admissions deadline