There are lots of parts about going to college that might seem overwhelming or scary but filling out your applications might be one of the biggest. It’s where things get started and begin feeling very real.

So, you’ve been interested in Southeast and you feel like you’re ready to start the application process. No problem! Take a deep breath and take it one step at a time.

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1.  Have you visited campus yet? Before you start your application, you’ll want to get to know the place you’ll be living. It’s beautiful here and there’s tons to explore! Visiting campus also gives you the chance to talk to faculty and staff about your interests and get a more concrete idea of what you’ll want to do once you get here. Plan to visit and bring your parents or family members you feel will support you the most on this journey.

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2. Talk with your high school guidance counselor about your college plans. It’s best to share this information with them, because they will likely come back with TONS of information about all your options. Even if you don’t feel like you know exactly what you want to major in, your counselor will probably be able to help you gather information about careers and guide you through scholarship information.

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3. Read through all of the admission requirements. Become familiar with everything you will need to submit from transcripts to test scores, the application fee to the actual application. Giving this a good, thorough read will mean you probably won’t have to scramble at the last minute to do something you otherwise would have forgotten. Also, compare your high school classes to the admission requirements to make sure you’re moving forward in the right direction.

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4. Submit those items! Check the deadlines for everything you need to submit and put them on your calendar, in your planner or set a reminder on your phone. Following the deadline schedule will keep you on track. Submit your materials early and the Admissions staff will be eternally thankful.

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5.  Take the ACT/SAT multiple times to make sure you get the highest possible score. This one may not sound like much fun, but it is SURE to pay off in the end. Earning your highest score possible will put you in a good position when going through the application process.

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6. Now down to the nitty gritty. If you’re starting in a bachelor’s degree program, make sure to choose the “Undergraduate application option instead of “Graduate.” Students commonly choose the “Graduate” option because some plan to eventually earn a master’s degree or they may think “Graduate” is the right choice for someone who is going to graduate college in the future. If you do choose to attend graduate school after you’ve earned a bachelor’s degree, you’ll fill out a graduate application at that time.

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7.  Be sure to provide your cell phone number when filling out the application or other online forms with the Office of Admissions. Doing this will allow you to receive text message alerts and reminders of vital dates, deadlines and information. We promise we won’t text you for no reason. Just when it’s really important!

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8.  Fill out the entire application accurately and thoroughly. Double-check to make sure you’ve done everything required and that everything is spelled correctly.

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9. Ask the Admissions team at Southeast any questions you may have! We are here to support you and help you through this process, so don’t be afraid to contact us if you need to.

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10. Start your application today! 

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