- Write thank you letters to the teachers, counselor, and others who wrote recommendations on your behalf. They spend a great deal of time writing your recommendation so showing your appreciation is essential.
- Plan to submit all your applications prior to the December vacation so you can enjoy some well-deserved time off. This means you should be working on your supplemental essays this month.
- Continue to schedule and prepare for virtual or campus interviews (if offered,
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- Set a goal to complete the main section of either the Common Application (available August 1) or the Coalition Application before school starts including 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.
- Remember your senior year grades are very important. Even if
- 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
- 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.
- Avoid senioritis and disciplinary issues that could impact your college matriculation.
- Keep your consultant informed as admissions decisions come in so you can respond appropriately to deferrals or other outcomes.
- Avoid senioritis by keeping your grades up and avoiding disciplinary issues.
- If you are admitted early and know you want to attend a particular college, put your housing deposit down as soon as possible to get the best residential choices.
- If you are applying for financial aid, make sure your parents have filed the FAFSA, and the CSS Profile
While it’s true that most of your work is done for your college applications, keep in mind that your actions and decisions in the months ahead can still affect the admission decision.
- Keep Your Grades Up. Colleges will get a copy of your midyear report, which will show your senior-year grades at the end of the first semester or term. You should not only carry a strong course load in 12th grade but also maintain your grades. In the worst-case scenario, a significant decline in academic
- Finish your supplemental essays and submit all applications (as well as scholarship applications) prior to the December vacation.
- Confirm that the colleges to which you have applied received all your application materials, including transcripts and recommendations.
- Write thank you notes to the teachers and counselors who wrote recommendations for you. Be sure to tell them of acceptances as you receive them.
- If you are admitted early decision, withdraw any other