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Attending a four-year college is the “traditional” college pathway. Understand how and when to apply, the materials you’ll need to submit as part of a complete and competitive application, and what to do once you’ve received a school’s decision. Your timeline depends on what type of student you are; a high school student’s application is going to follow a different track than a transfer student’s. Once you’ve applied (and been accepted), you still have work to do to prepare for your new experience.