Application Form

Until you submit your application form, you don't exist to a university or college. Submitting your application form is the first and only step that you can take to really show a college that you want to attend their school. You move from being an interested student to an official applicant.

This information might not seem important to you, but reading this information brings an admission counsellor into your world. Your application is the first impression that you give to an admission officer.

When it comes to applications, you will see two types.

The first type is a single application that is accepted by many schools. The common application, for instance, is accepted by over 500 colleges and universities.

The universal college application is accepted by 43 different schools.

The second big type of application is an individual application specifically for a single school or, a school system.

MIT, for example, has its own application that is used by MIT for MIT, and only for MIT.

The University of California system has a single application for all nine of their campuses. But the UC application can only be used for UC schools.

Application Tips & Notes

All applications are different; however, they all will ask you for similar information. Use the tips and notes below when completing your applications, but understand that this will not answer all of your questions.

If you do not know how to answer a question, request an appointment with our international application advisor.

The application form is the foundation for your entire application. It is important to submit a thorough, correct, and complete application to create a strong foundation.

1. Use Proper Grammar

  • Treat this form as the most important form you have ever filled in. Pay attention to spelling, grammar and use professional language.

2. Your Name

  • Your name should appear the same way that it appears on your passport. If not, you might invalidate your application.

3. Permanent / Home Address

  • This is your address in your home country. In order to issue an I-20 a school must have an address outside of the U.S. on file. Be sure that your address is complete and correctly written as it is very important. The I-20 process is validated by the US government.

4. Current / Mailing / Notification / Local Address

  • If you are not living at your permanent home when you apply, colleges need the postal address for where you are now. This is the address to which they will send information from the college – including your acceptance letter. If you do not provide a current address all correspondence will go to your home country.

5. E-mail Address

  • Your e-mail address says a lot about you, be sure that it is sending the proper message.
  • might communicate the wrong message to a college.
  • An appropriate e-mail address is modest and usually limited to your name as opposed to something quirky or cute.

6. School Information

  • You will need the exact name and address of the secondary school or schools you attended.
  • Some applications ask for a School or CEEB Code. This is something that your school is not likely to have. Carefully follow the steps to search for the school. Depending on the application, you might have to choose “school not found,” “unknown,” or something similar. By choosing one of these options, a special code will be added that will allow you to type in your school name and information.
  • NOTE: If you attended multiple secondary schools, you MUST list all the schools you attended and your dates of attendance
  • NOTE: IIf you moved to Stowe during the Lower 6th you will need to list your school(s) from the age of 13.

7. Academic Information

  • Request a meeting with the careers department who will guide you through the transcript process and produce a transcript in an acceptable format.
  • Some applications might ask you to upload a scanned copy of your transcripts. 
  • Some application might ask you to enter the information from you transcripts into a form they give you. Be sure to enter the information exactly as it appears, including every course and grade – even the bad ones.
  • If there are any anomalies or oddities on your academic documents, such as one semester where your grades dropped, you will need to explain this in a supplemental statement.

8. Test Information

  • Be sure to list all of your test scores, including the exam date, and section scores – again, even the bad ones. Remember, universities mainly focus on your highest scores, but giving them a full record of your testing can demonstrate your growth and improvement.
  • This will include your lower 6th APG's, so keep this in mind when preparing for mid and end of term APG assessments.

9. Recommender Information

  • You will often be asked to identify your recommenders on your application. You will need their name, title, address, e-mail address, and sometimes a phone number. Speak to the careers department about identifying a suitable recommender.
  • Ensure you meet with your recommender to request their support. This could be your tutor, a teacher you work well with, your House Parent...

10. Click Submit

  • One of the most common mistakes in online applications is students not submitting them. 
  • When you have completed every section, simply press submit and confirm that you want to submit your application.

11. Track your Status Online

  • Most colleges will allow you to track your application status online. 
  • Keep an eye on the progress of your application just in case there is an issue that needs to be resolved.