Where’s My Application?

You know what happens to your college application before you drop it in the mailbox. What happens next is less clear. Here, professionals from schools big and small share some insight. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the college admissions process at places like the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Tom Glenn, UIC’s director of admissions, says the school gets 50,000 applications each year. But the video’s real gem is Glenn walking you through the path of an application. Knowing each step will help you make sure your app doesn’t get lost in the 500,000 pieces of paper that come across the college admissions desk.

He also gives great insight into the competitiveness of the process. “We have more qualified applicants than space,” he says.

This means you need any edge you can get. I’m not saying you need to take notes during the video, but you might want to stick around to the end.


  1. Alyson says:

    That was really intersting. I never really thought about what will happen after I send my applications. Seeing the process is a little scary, but has been fun to have the colleges find me through your site.

  2. Tony says:

    this application process is crasy, asolutely crasy. my new motto is: college admissions is now a cappex!

  3. Amanda says:

    I am looking for colleges around Danville. I want either a community college or unversity. I am looking for ones that are for furture teachers. But if I have to I would go to Lynchburg colleges.

  4. Davin says:

    What an intriguing video. Now, I really get the “gist” of what the colleges have to deal with. They get thousands of applications, and yet only a few minutes can be spent on each one as the admissions process sets in.

  5. I am really interested in apllying for this scholarship because i am a good student who is very serious about my education.

  6. Vao says:

    This was a really interesting clip to watch. It has a lot of tips to help you prepare your college applications. I’m glad that I viewed it and I really think it can help me better my chances of getting into a college of my coice.

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