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Facebook Live Recap: Filling Out the Application

This month, I tried something new with my Facebook Live sessions—a rapid-fire Q&A on one topic at hand, filling out the application. During this session, I answered viewer questions in real time, on things like listing extracurriculars, when to submit applications, completing the FAFSA, and more.

In case you missed it, keep reading for a list of some of the questions I answered during my Facebook Live Q&A and to watch the full video on filling out the application!

  • How are college applications read?
  • Do you recommend listing your unweighted or weighted class rank?
  • Do colleges look at courses taken in senior year? And, is the rigor of those courses considered for admissions?
  • If your school does not give a GPA in a 3.0 or 4.0 format, how should you enter it on the Common App?
  • What is the earliest you can apply to Early Decision or Early Action colleges before November 1st?
  • Does the counselor upload the transcript to each of the colleges from the Common App or do all the schools get it automatically?
  • If a college offers you preferred filling status with a link to their application, does that really mean anything?
  • If we're not applying for financial aid, but would like to be considered for scholarships, do we need to fill out the FAFSA?
  • Do we need to check the box which says we're applying for financial aid on the Common App even though we think we won't qualify for financial aid?
  • How or where can you express your interest in a college that does not require a supplemental essay?
  • How does a university actually get through 45,000 applications?
  • What is your feeling on sending a resume along with the application?
  • Should you list honor roll in the honor section of the application?