Make Me a Freshman is a free website that helps you understand and organize your college application and financial aid requirements. Simply choose your colleges and set your preferences to generate a checklist with all your specific requirements and deadlines, with tips and reminders along the way!

You can register as a student or counselor, but this guide will show you exactly how to use as a counselor. In this case, counselors can be high school counselors, independent college advisors, mentors at non-profits, teachers, parents, etc.


If this is your first time registering, click one of the "Register for Free" or "Get Started Now" buttons. Or, you can go to You will be given the option to register as a student or counselor. This guide will show you how to continue as a counselor or mentor, but check out our student tutorial.
You can register with your Google account, or you can create an account with an email address and password. Either way, you will need to provide some basic information to help us customize your checklist.


If you are a returning user, you can login with either your Google account or email and password combination.

Inviting Students

Inviting students to use Make Me a Freshman is easy. When you first register, you will see a box for adding student email addresses. You can type one address or copy and paste a large number of email address from an Excel spreadsheet.
All of these email addresses will receive an email explaining what Make Me a Freshman is and inviting the user to register and share his or her progress with you. Before the students register, you will see a list of these email address. Once a student registers and accepts your request, you will see his or her name. Also, clicking on the "" icon under the Email column will take you to your email provider to send an email to that student.
You can then view that student's progress. You can do this by clicking " View" or by searching for a student by name in the search bar.
For each confirmed student, you can see which colleges and financial aid he or she has selected, plus you can see which tasks have been marked as complete.
Made a mistake? Want to delete a student? Simply click on the "" under Delete column. You will then see a popup asking you to confirm that you would like to delete that student.
If a student using Make Me a Freshman requests you as a counselor (rather than you initially requesting him or her as a students), then you will receieve a notification. You then can confirm or delete this student.

Adding Tasks for Students

With Make Me a Freshman, you can create and assign tasks to your students. You can assign a task to an individual, a group of students, or all your students. When you go to, you will see a blank form with the ability to add a task name with optional details about that tasks and an optional deadline.
You will also see a list of all your registered stduents. You can click the checkbox next to one or more of these students' names, or you can click the box that says "Assign to all students (current and future)". This will assign the task to all of your currently registered students, plus any students would registered with you in the future.
On, you will see a list of all of your assigned tasks.
To delete a task, simply click on the "" icon under the Delete column. Or, you can edit a task by clicking on the "" icon under the Edit column, which will bring you to a new page.
We will not automatically email students when you create or update a new task. If you would like to alert your student(s) about a new task, clicking the "" icon under the Email column will bring a popup where you can costumize your email. An individualized email will then be sent out to every student assigned to this task, with a link back to Make Me A Freshman. We will prepopulate an email with a subject and body, but you can edit it in this popup.

Student View

If you want to see what Make Me a Freshman looks like as a student user, you can do so without creating a new account. Simply click on any of the tabs on "Student View" on your sidebar. To get a more detailed explanation, check out our tutorial for students, but here is an overview. You can start by adding colleges as if you were a student:
Click the "Financial Aid" tab to see the option to add three types of aid. You can click on the next to each type to learn more, but, by clicking on any or all of the boxes and then selecting the update button, you will see the relevant tasks added to your checklist:

FAFSA for Federal Aid: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the form you need in order to receive grants, work-study, and loans from the federal government. Many colleges also use the FAFSA to determine how much aid you will receive from that college. If you click the FAFSA checkbox, we will add the tasks needed to complete the FAFSA to your checklist. Plus, we will add the deadline for the FAFSA based on your colleges because different colleges have different priority deadlines and applying before these priority deadlines with maximize your aid.

College Specific Aid: Some colleges require additional financial aid forms or offer additional scholarships. If you click this checkbox, we will add tasks to your checklist that show you how to apply for any additional scholarships that each college on your list offers.

Fee Waivers: Clicking this checkbox will add tasks to your checklist that show you how to get fee waivers for the SAT, ACT, and college applications.
You can also create your own tasks as if you were a student, for things like local scholarships.
You can add counselors, teachers, or mentors, to share your progress.
This will generate a checklist with all of your specific requirements and deadlines. Plus, you can click on any of the tasks to learn more.


Need to change your personal information or change the way that students see and search for you? You can edit your profile by clicking your name and selecting "Your Profile".


To logout, simply click your name in the top right corner, and select "Logout".