- Finalize your main essay and complete your common application so you may begin focusing on your supplementary essays.
- Schedule interviews where available on campus or in your community.
- If you are applying early by November 1 or to a rolling admissions college, complete the following by October 1st: if you are submitting scores, send your official test scores via College Board or ACT, request transcripts and confirm that your recommendations will be sent by deadline.
For the second year in a row, the Common Application includes a prompt on the impact of Covid-19: Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces. Do you wish to share anything…
- Set a goal to complete the main section of either the Common Application (available August 1) or the Coalition Application before school starts.
- Complete your personal essay.
- Work with your consultant on a strategy for each supplemental essay and a timeline to complete them.
- If you think you will need any additional testing—SAT or ACT, register now for the September or October administrations.
- Assess your study skills and work habits and determine
- Identify which of your colleges are offering online or in-person interviews this summer and begin scheduling them.
- Book a meeting with your consultant to rehearse key messages about yourself, prepare questions and do a mock interview before the first interview.
- Set a goal to complete the main section of the Common Application, including the personal essay, before school starts. You should plan to complete your personal essay by the end of July unless you made
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- Respond to materials you are getting from your intended college in a timely manner. Take advantage of pre-orientation programs if offered.
- Prepare well for orientation by reviewing your course options and developing a list of questions for your advisor.
- Shore up skills such as time management by determining your planning strategies in college (planner, calendars). Put in place a “toolbox” of stress-busting strategies such as meditation apps for your smart phone,
- Keep your grades up and complete your assignments with effort. The learning you do now will position you for college-level work.
- If you have a learning or physical disability, or health issue, request college accommodations now.
- Be timely in your response to information requests from your prospective college so you get priority for orientation, course choices, housing, and the like.
- Register and prepare for the SAT or the ACT
- Ask two academic junior year teachers
Coping with financial uncertainty and creating a financially balanced college list
The events of the past year have disrupted plans for a smooth transition to college for many families. Students’ best intentions to engage in academics and participate in meaningful extracurricular activities were challenged. Parents’ plans to pay for college using long-term investments or savings may need to be revised. While we are educational consultants, not financial advisors, …
- Plan to visit or revisit colleges (virtually or in person) as you make your final decision about where to matriculate next year.
- Be sure to send your deposit and housing forms by the deadline of May 1 to secure your spot at a college.
- Let your teachers and counselors who wrote recommendations know of your decision and be sure to thank them for their support.
- Keep your grades up and avoid any disciplinary issues—college admissions offers can be rescinded.