College Application Support


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Early Decision VS. Early Action

Explore the difference, Understand your commitment

Early Decision VS Early Action


another perspective

Comparing Decision Options




CSU Application Support Links

First-Year Student Resources

SDSU Fall 2022 First-Year I Want to Apply Website
Cal State Apply Checklist
List of A-G Courses
Cal State Apply Help

How to Create a Great College List | Full Guide Here

Current senior finalizing your college list? Junior looking to get a head start? Check out the full step-by-step guide, plus some of my favorite resources here for researching and "visiting" colleges from home.

Back-to-School College Essay Webinars for Seniors (Recordings)

ICYMI, here are the recording from last week's webinars:

How to Write an Outstanding Personal Statement (Part 1) | Recording Here

    • The Purpose of the Personal Statement (i.e., What Colleges Are Looking for)
    • Two Fun Ways to Find Your Personal Statement Topic
    • How (and Why) to Show Your Core Values
    • Two Successful Personal Statement Examples
    • Topics to Potentially Avoid
    • Q&A

How to Create an Outstanding College Application (Part 2) | Recording Here

    • A Sane College Application Timeline
    • The Importance of Finding and Showing Your Core Values (Again)
    • The Other Essential Parts of Your College Application
    • Tips for Creating a Great Activities List
    • How to Make Use of the Additional Info Section
    • How (and When) to Address COVID-19 in Your Application
    • Q&A

Free College Application Help for Low-Income Students | Students Apply Here

Through our Matchlighters Scholars program, we pair high-achieving students from low-income families with experienced college counselors for free one-on-one college essay and application coaching. If you (or a student you know) may benefit, please pass this opportunity along to them.

If you're an experienced college counselor who'd like to volunteer to join the team, learn more here.



Application Support Documents:

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College Application Assistance



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Wednesdays, 1:30 - 5:45 in Room 240


5 Favorite College Application Resources:

How to Write a Successful Common App Activities List: You get 10 spots and 150 characters to describe each of your extracurricular activities. How do you make the most of that space? This in-depth guide (with examples) may help.

How to Use the Additional Information Section: This is probably the most underutilized section of the application. Though optional, it provides an important opportunity for some students to provide context for their application.

The College Essay Guy YouTube Channel: I've spent a ton of time the last 9 months recording tons of new videos, from my full guide to the "Why Us?" essay, tips on the UC personal insight questions, to reviewing some of my favorite essay examples of all time. Subscribe if you'd like to get notified; I publish a new video each week.

The Dangers of Getting Personal Statement Feedback From Too Many People: A helpful lesson from Pete the Cat.

How to Write a Super Essay by Combining Essay Prompts: If you're writing separate essays for all your supplemental essays, this one's for you. Write better essays and save hours drafting by finding opportunities for overlap among your college essay prompts.

The College Application Hub: More application resources