No matter how organized and prepared you are, planning for and applying to college is just plain stressful. There are colleges to research, admissions requirements to decipher, essays to write, applications to fill out, financial aid and scholarships to find and apply for. And let’s not forget prepping for and taking important tests like the SAT and ACT.
When all that’s done, all you can do is play the waiting game and hope for that acceptance letter.
We wanted to shed some light on the application and admissions process, so we decided to ask an expert. I sat down with Matthew Hebert, Director of Prospective Student Services at San Diego State University (my alma mater!)
Of course, every school is different, and there is a big difference between private and public universities. Even among public universities, different systems and institutions will have different requirements. However, as the largest four-year public university system in the United States, a look at the CSU system provides some good insight into what many colleges are looking for, and much of Matthew’s advice is general enough to apply to most students.