6 Steps to Admissions Success, 2016
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6 Steps to Admissions Success, 2016

Students and parents walk through the essential steps to prepare and apply for college.
4.2 (12 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,111 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2016
Price: Free
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Complete 6 Simple Steps to Apply to College
  • Anticipate college application requirements and deadlines
  • Write compelling, authentic, personal statements
  • Identify colleges aligned with career and life goals
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  • This class is designed for all students, parents, mentors, and counselors who want to understand the basics of college applications.

Do you have questions about college applications?

Are you a student, parent, mentor or college counselor seeking simple steps that will illuminate an inside track for college preparation and admission?

This course introduces 6 steps with instructions, worksheets, and lectures that explain how to apply for admission to college. Information in this course includes hyperlinks to resources, including websites to search for colleges, register for student tests, and apply for college admissions. High school students will walk through the essential steps to apply to college while parents and college counselors better understand how to support admission success.

College applications open for registration on August 1 and deadlines vary by college. Steps 1- 4 show students how to evaluate academic abilities and life goals in order to select the right college. Steps 5 shows students how to brainstorm, outline, write, revise, and review college essays and applications. Once students are offered admission to college, a review of the financial offers and securing enrollment completes Step 6.

This course is the starting point for anyone who wishes to apply to college. Parents, mentors, and college counselors will learn the essential steps of applications with strategies to improve chances of admission to college.

Who is the target audience?
  • High School Students
  • Parents
  • College Counselors
  • Mentors and other who support students applying to college
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
Introduction to Using Data for College Decisions
1 Lecture 09:57
Introduction to Using Data for College Decisions
Evaluate Academic Achievements and Career Goals
5 Lectures 22:15
Step 1 Worksheet Walkthrough

Grades in Required Coursework

Admission Test Scores

Demonstrated Leadership

Career and Life Goals and Dreams

Step 1: Do you understand the requirements to apply to college?
5 questions
Create a Calendar with Work Plan and Deadlines
7 Lectures 43:30

Download the Step 2 Worksheet from the downloadable materials below. Complete the worksheet as you listen to the video lecture.

This is the first of two videos that walk students through the worksheets for Step 2. 

Step 2 is time to schedule a meeting with someone to conduct a final review of your application a few weeks prior to the application deadline. This course walks students through the basic steps to apply to college, but deadlines and requirements should be verified by a college counselor.

This video walks you through creating a calendar and scheduling time to complete your applications with Steps 3-6.

Download Step 2 below and watch the video.

Step 2.1 Worksheet Walk Through to Create Work Pland and Calendar with Deadlines

This is Part 1 of 2 videos that will walk you through Step 2 to create a work plan and calendar for college applications.

Step 2.3 Work Plan and Checklist for College Applications

During your junior year:

Maintain high grades

Take SAT, ACT, or Subject Tests (as required)

Identify where you excel and attain positions of leadership

Start seriously exploring colleges of interest (e.g., online, campus tours).

Junior Year: Stay on Top of your Game

Activities we recommend all through high school, but especially during the Summer of your Junior year:

Work (e.g., retail stores, grocery stores, your own business mowing grass or babysitting)

Internships (e.g., explore potential career choices by working in the environment you envision yourself)

Summer Programs (e.g., coding classes, cooking classes, music classes - the list is endless!)

Start reflecting and writing:

  • what makes you unique?
  • what do you want out of a college education and beyond?
January - July: Plan Ahead!

In August

  • register online for the applications to colleges of interest
  • orgnaize materials for applications
  • complete as much paperwork as possible
August: Applications Open


November 1: Most applications for Early Decision and Action are due

In October, proof read and submit applications to your top colleges BEFORE the deadline.

September - October: Review and Start Submitting Applications


November 30: University of California applications due.

December and early January: General application deadlines for many private universities

Make sure to know the specific application deadlines for your colleges of interest.

December: Procrastinators Panic
Reflect on What is Important in Life
7 Lectures 20:24
Step 3 Reflect and Envision a Track Through College Into Career

Describe and typical day at school and at work. How would you improve your typical day?

Your Typical Day

Describe a few sparks that light a fire each day for you and describe a few of the greater purposes for doing what you do throughout your life.

Your Inspirations

Make lists of phrases of important activities and values in your life so that you may use these as talking points when writing essays.

Your Values

Describe experiences where you have grown from diversity and how your leadership benefitted from diversity.

Your Experiences with Diversity

Describe your dream job and how you are working toward this job today.

Your Dream Career

Describe in detail the exact steps along potential career paths and provide reasons for pursing these paths in life.

Paths to Potential Careers
Create a College List and Research College Programs
5 Lectures 21:00
Step 4 Create a College List

Students take notes while searching for specific college programs online. Identify 10 possible colleges and specific majors and programs within each college.

Overview of Step 4 : Identifying the Right Fit

Take notes and include hyperlinks while researching colleges.

Make a College List

Find 2 majors or programs of study that interest you most at each college and note the specific requirements and profiles of last admits last year.

Identify Additional Requirements

Identify specific jobs you will be qualified for upon graduation along with summer internships and other work-related experiences along your career path.

Stay Focused
Write Early, Write Often with Feedback and Revision
1 Lecture 08:18
Step 5: Produce Personal Statements

Step 5: How do I write effective essays?
4 questions
Review Completed Application in Fall and Financial Offers in Spring
1 Lecture 09:13
Step 6: Application and Financial Review
About the Instructor
Dr. Matthew C. Andrews, Ph.D.
4.2 Average rating
12 Reviews
3,111 Students
1 Course
Educator and Entrepreneur

Dr. Andrews teaches students of all ages as he designs, implements, and evaluates educational programs throughout the world. He teaches teachers-in-training at the college level while teaching integrated courses in STEM projects at charter schools, and counseling students applying to college programs and their first jobs.

Dr. Andrews conducts international studies of youth development. Some of his most esteemed work is on Good Work, Youth Purpose and Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Center on Adolescence. He has help design a number of successful online, educational programs, most notably the free college preparation curriculum offered in thousands of classrooms through Student Paths. Dr. Andrews founded Famplay to encourage parents to unplug from busy, tech-filled lives to engage in learning through play with their children. He founded Maverick Learning to provide elite educational experiences and advising for unorthodox students. He is the Chief Academic Officer at College Inside Track.

Dr. Andrews builds educational programs, conducts international research on human development, and works with leaders around the world to develop better educational systems. Enjoy his online courses on Udemy!