It requires careful planning and effort on your part to apply to college. In this
section, you will find information about the various types of colleges and universities
in Maryland – there is even a neat search feature to help you find
one that will be a good fit. Included here are also some helpful hints as you arrange
campus visits and prepare to begin the application process. Be sure to take a look
at the steps for completing the application.
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This will vary depending on the type of college you are interested in. If you know
that you want to go to a community college and then transfer to a four-year college
or attend a private career school, applying only to the community college or private
career school may be enough.
If you plan to attend a four-year college or university, 4 to 8 colleges is a common
range. Talk with your guidance counselor and parents to decide what is best for
you. A good rule of thumb is to apply to a “reach” school (one that
might be difficult to be admitted to) and one “safety” school (one that
might be easier to be admitted to).
Where do I get a college application?
Applications are available online from the college or university. You can also call
or write to the admissions office to request one. Some colleges accept the same
application, called the Common
Application . Historically Black Institutions also have a Shared Application . All or only parts of these
applications may be accepted, so be sure to check the specific requirements for
the college you are interested.
When are applications due?
The due date will depend on the college. Most colleges have a December or January
deadline for submission. Earlier decision options require a November or sooner submission.
There are also colleges that have rolling admissions, meaning there is no specific
due date; but the application should be submitted in time to begin in the fall.
What should I do before I submit the application?
First, make sure you followed all directions carefully. The next step is to proofread
- always proofread! Even if submitting online, print and proofread the application
before submitting it. Finally, you should make a copy of every application for your
How is the application submitted?
Most colleges have an online application process, but you can also mail the application.
Check with the college to find out the preferred method for submitting the application.
Keep in mind that each application usually requires a fee (about $25 to $100+).
You may be eligible for an application fee waiver, talk to your guidance counselor
about your options.