Peterson's and College App Wizard - Helping You Stay Organized During the College Application Process

By Lynell Engelmeyer updated on Friday, September 27, 2013

There is the rare teenager who is compulsively organized with a daily to-do list, color coded folders, and bookshelves that are more organized than a library using the dewey decimal system.  The majority of teens, however, don’t exactly embody this level of organization.  Most teens exist in a world that can best be characterized as organized chaos.

Why do most teenagers have such a hard time staying organized?  Is organization a developmental milestone that doesn’t really manifest itself until adulthood?  Do teens simply have higher priorities than organizing homework papers or putting clothes away?  When it comes to applying to college, it doesn’t much matter why you’re not more organized, what matters is that you find a way to make it through the college admission and financial aid application processes without missing a requirement or a deadline, which is not always easy.   

Consider a student who applies for admission and financial aid to 7 selective four-year schools. This student can have close to 100 tasks to complete in order to have submitted all of the required tasks.  Whether it is requesting that your high school transcript be sent to colleges, essays that need to be written, recommendation letters that must be requested, standardized test scores that must be released, or financial aid forms that must be submitted, all before very strict deadlines, keeping track of all of these requirements and deadlines can be a challenge, at best. The college application process can be a nightmare for even the most organized families, and often nagging and tension result.

Creating a spreadsheet for the various requirements and deadlines is a great idea, but you will first have to scour each college’s website to determine the precise requirements and deadlines, keeping in mind that no two college websites display information in exactly the same way, so prior to creating your spreadsheet, you have to go on a treasure hunt of sorts.

College Application Wizard is a web-based tool that allows you to see the admissions and financial aid requirements for up to 15 colleges of your choice. College Application Wizard was created by two college admission and financial aid professionals who understand the challenges of navigating this challenging process.  “Students should be able to focus on the substance of their applications, not on trying to find and organize all of the missing pieces” said Kelly Herrington, a College App Wizard co-founder.

College Application Wizard allows students to track the requirements of one college for free. Tracking the requirements for up to 15 college costs $9.98 when you enter the code PETERSONS at checkout.
About the Author

Lynell Engelmyer has over 20 years of experience in college admissions and financial aid, having worked at several colleges and for the College Board. She also volunteers with at-risk students to help them get to and graduate from college. Lynell is a Co-Founder of College Application Wizard (, a web-based tool that provides students and parents with a highly customized checklist of every admission and financial aid requirement and deadline for each of their schools. College Application Wizard is an automated, calendar-based to-do list to ensure that you don’t miss a step in this important process. Lynell received her M.S. degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in Business and Political Science from Albright College (PA).

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