I started researching colleges in probably the second seme ter junior year. It helped to talk to seniors who already sel cted what colleges they were going to and be able to ask them w y they chose that specific place to attend. \r\n\r\nThe actual a plication..I think I began a little bit after school starte . When the UC common app was first provided, I just glanced ov r the essay topics. Figuring out what you want to write about s always the hardest part and the more time you have to think a out it..the better. Also, what helped was that my English cl ss senior year actually had a portion of the syllabus dedica ed to College Application Essay writing. \r\n\r\nThe essay is t e most time-consuming and daunting aspect of the applicati n (the rest just takes diligence and tenacity). Since there re word (or character) limits for your essays, you will most ikely have to cut down your first draft and rework some phras s. Make sure you have enough time or multiple drafts. I canno emphasize enough how important it is to fine-tune your essa . Remember, there are thousands of applicants...the one be utifully worded phrase can make you stand out. \r\n\r\nNow, the est of the application requires you to pick and choice among your numerous activities) and summarize those activities \r\n\r\nStart early if you can and good luck!