The college application process, the green way
How high school seniors can get into college and be green at the same time.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 22:48
As many high school seniors embark upon completing those famous college applications, many of them may overlook or not understand the small but important environmental concerns in regards to traditional paper applications, envelopes and so forth. No worries! Because now is the best time to start cleaning up the act of applying to college.
Several common components comprise the quintessential college application: general application, essay page, transcripts, standardized test scores and the classic letter of recommendation. Their electronic counterparts have replaced most of these common components, but some of them remain paper-based. Not all schools utilize electronic transcripts or electronic letters of recommendation.
To 'greenify' the process, see what colleges offer either the Common Application or their own online application. If possible, always applying online will save a lot of paper, ink, and always ... money. Secondly, some states have college associations that provide assistance and application tools to student applicants (i.e. College Foundation of North Carolina). Utilize these associations since they can provide free online applications to in-state schools, saving even more paper, ink, energy and also ... money. Some schools send student transcripts either via the Internet or via traditional mail. If possible, request personal advisors to send transcripts and test scores via the Internet. (Hint: This will save schools paper, time, energy, and mostly ... money.)
It's never too late to revise the traditional college application process. All it takes are several quick and positive decisions to prevent negative environmental impacts.
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