College apps season can be a stressful and emotional time for families - and yes, the paperwork is beastly - but by the time you're done reading these articles, your family will be crafting a list of 20 to 30 great college possibilities, perfectly tailored to your child's passions. Take a peek at the step-by-step process on the following pages, or sign up for "College Admissions 101: An E-Course for Parents"
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It's easy to feel overwhelmed, but the college admissions process is nothing more than a series of little chunks, some of which your child is already doing anyway. Here's the basic overview of how the process works, from high school courses to SAT timing and application deadlines.