- Your social security number or visa number
- Family information – your parents’ or guardians’ legal names, addresses, occupations, employer, colleges they attended, years they graduated, and degrees they hold
- Your high school’s information – address, your date of entry to the school, and your guidance counselor’s full name and contact information
- Scores on standardized tests, including the SAT or ACT and SAT Subject Tests, AP, IB, AICE, or TOEFL scores
- Approximate graduating class size
- A copy of your high school transcript to enter your GPA. (Some schools, like USC, require you to self-report courses and grades on the Common App so a transcript is good to have)
- Your current list of high school courses
- A list of the college credits earned if taken through a college
- A list of summer jobs, extracurricular activities, honors and awards received
- A credit card for the payment of the application and to send the test scores
- Financial aid plans (if you intend to apply for need-based financial aid or merit-based scholarships).
2. Keep track of your account information
You won’t be able to complete the application in one night or even one weekend. And if you take it all on at one time, it’s going to be overwhelming. Pick a date for contacting teachers, counselors, or coaches who are writing recommendations. Set time aside to really work on your essays. Then remember to check the application over multiple times before you send it.