Know the Deadlines

Getting computer help Each university will have different deadlines for filing an application. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to be considered for admission. Using a calendar will help you keep track of all of the deadlines and how they relate to one another. If University A has a deadline of Dec. 1, but University B's deadline isn't until Feb. 15, then you know that you need to put your efforts into University A first. There is no need to procrastinate, though. Send in any materials as you prepare them so you won't be late.  If a college is like Northern Michigan University, where there is not a set deadline for most students, it is a good idea to complete the application by the start of second semester. This will allow you to focus on the financial aid side of things (see step #4).

Some colleges offer early decision options.  Deadlines for most early decision applications fall between Oct. 15-Nov. 15.  NMU does not have early admission.