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3 Great Apps To Keep Your Family Organized for College Applications

College application season means juggling lots of important deadlines. Unfortunately, dropping the ball on even one deadline is a sure way to land in a college’s rejection pile.

That means it’s critical to find a way to keep track of early and regular decision application deadlines, scholarship deadlines, test dates, and deadlines for submitting test scores, mid-year reports, and other important documents. And that’s just the beginning! You’ll also need to remember when colleges expect to hear back from you, the deadline for sending your deposit and housing forms, and so on.

Organizing this information prevents you from jeopardizing your future and reduces college application stress. When you know that you have a system and that you’ve got it under control, you’ll find that some of your college app anxieties melt away.

So, how should you stay organized? You may want to try a combination of:

  • Checklists
  • A calendar with all deadlines listed
  • Accountability partners (preferably your parents or other trusted family members)

4 Apps to Help You Stay Organized

Luckily, there’s an app for that — actually, there are several. The four apps below can help you and your family stay organized during college application season, managing both deadlines and stress.

1. EverNote

EverNote is an easy way to make and share task lists, notes, and reminders with your family. It can even remind you so you never miss a deadline.

You can also share and record audio notes, store clippings from the Internet, and take and store photos in the app. These clips and photos can be organized within notebooks that you create. Everything you create or store on Evernote can be shared with anyone, even if they don’t have an Evernote account.

The app is available for all platforms, is accessible offline, and has a free basic plan that should meet your organizational needs.  

2. Trello

Trello is a project management tool that’s most popular with businesses, but many families swear by the app as well.

The app allows you to create boards for various projects. You could have one for each college you’re applying to, or you can divide your boards into categories like Scholarships, College Applications, Test Dates, etc.

Once you share the boards with your family members, anyone can add “cards” or tasks to a board. Cards are sorted into three categories: To Do, Doing, and Done. You and your family members can comment on cards and add details like links, dates, ideas, to-do lists, and more. To move cards around, simply drag and drop them.

Making this simple app even easier, you can find Trello templates created by other families that meet your needs. Plus, getting started with Trello is free.

4. Google Calendar

Another helpful app is the classic Google Calendar. The app allows you to add events (like college application deadlines), color code the events, and view them on a calendar using a month, week, or day view.

It works on all platforms and devices, it’s free, and sharing your calendar with family members is a breeze. Events come with built-in task lists, and you can set popup alerts and/or email reminders of important dates.

If you prefer a more traditional calendar to keep you organized, Google Calendar is the app for you. And since you can access it from anywhere, get alarms and reminders, and share with family members near and far, the Google Calendar app is much more convenient than a paper calendar.  

Final Thoughts: 3 Great Apps That Will Keep Your Family Organized for College Applications

As you head into college application season, organization is key. If your family is willing, get them on board to help you stay on track.

Easily manage deadlines, to-do lists, and notes in one place — plus share them with others — using the apps listed here. Every app on the list is intuitive and easy to use, and free.

Let’s do a quick review:

  • EverNote is great if you want special features like sharing audio notes and storing photos and Internet clippings. It allows you and your family to share task lists, notes, and reminders.
  • Trello helps you create interactive boards that track progress and store links, dates, ideas, to-do lists, and other comments from family members.
  • Google Calendar is your basic calendar app. It’s easily shareable and can be color coded, plus events come with built-in task lists and reminders.

Since these apps are free, you may want to give them a try and see what works best for you and your family. Experiment with the many fun, convenient features and discuss how your family can use these apps to ensure you’re on track for college admission.

Whatever app you use, staying organized will reduce your stress and increase your success throughout the college application process.

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Author: Jason Patel

Jason Patel is the founder of Transizion, a college counseling and career services company that provides mentorship and consulting on college applications, college essays, resumes, cover letters, interviews, and finding jobs and internships. Jason’s work has been cited in The Washington Post, BBC, NBC News, Forbes, Fast Company, Bustle, Inc., Fox Business, and other great outlets. Transizion donates a portion of profits to underserved students and veterans in of college prep and career development assistance.