My freshman year is clear as day: I pulled up to my campus with my mom and two suitcases ready for whatever was ahead of me and then…it went exactly like nothing I could have planned for. College, especially the fall of my freshman year, was a different kind of growth spurt. I struggled to fit in and while most of my friends were older, I couldn’t seem to socialize with those who were outside my door. I kept to myself, befriended my RA, and kept my head down. I didn’t embrace extracurriculars…
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- If you are applying early, watch deadlines (many are November 1) and complete early decision agreements.
- If applicable, make sure to send your official test scores via College Board or ACT.
- Put the finishing touches on your essays and applications and have someone who understands the college essay proof them.
- Parents: Complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile for Financial Aid. Students: Research and apply for scholarships.
- Begin reflecting on what you are seeking
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
For many seniors, April marks the end of a long period of uncertainty. Emails and envelopes from colleges have arrived, and the result is usually a definitive acceptance or denial. However, for students who are put on a college’s waiting list, the next steps are less clear. Due to an increase in the number of applications per student, driven by test-optional policies, and uncertainty about who will accept their offer of admission, some colleges will opt to have long waitlists.…
- Keep us informed of your admissions decisions. If you were deferred, update the college on your continued interest and new information such as test scores, leadership activities, or academic accomplishments.
- Avoid senioritis by keeping your grades up and avoiding disciplinary issues.
- As you research colleges, be sure to complete the virtual information sessions and tours, and look for special opportunities such as student panels, and major-specific
- 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
Between now and May 1 (or June 1 for colleges who have extended), high school seniors are trying to decide among their many college acceptances. Here is a list of frequently asked questions from college-bound seniors that may help you as you think about your college options.
Q: I was accepted into my second choice college at my favorite university. Should I matriculate and try to transfer into my college of choice once I am an enrolled student or is this too risky?
The first step is…