Time to apply to college: words that strike fear in the hearts of high school juniors and seniors. This Web site interviewed six admissions experts to compile the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the college admissions process.

The following guide explores important aspects of the admissions process including:

  • The application process and an explanation of who is responsible for which tasks
  • How to go about researching schools and creating a short list
  • An overview of standardized tests
  • The different types of application deadline options
  • A break down of the college application into all its components, and guidance for writing a great essay
  • The financial aid application process, which parallels the college application process
  • Guidelines for deciding which college to attend
  • Useful tips from admissions officers on how to be a successful applicant
  • What community college students and graduates need to know when transferring to universities