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3-steps-before-college-decision-lettersWith the pressure of submitting your college applications behind you, it might feel like your job is done; you’ve submitted all your applications and now you’re waiting for a decision from each school. But before you sit back and relax, take an active role in making sure you’ve done all you can to put your application in a slot for success.

We’ve heard too many stories about students who assume that their materials have been received and later find out, after months without a response, that their teachers’ recommendation letters or their standardized test scores never even made it to the admissions office. Don’t let this to happen to you!

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does my facebook profile affect college admissionsIt’s essential to acknowledge that simply by being on social media sites, you’re conveying an image of yourself. Is this who you really are? Is this who you want to present to college admissions committees?

According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2012 College Admissions Officers Survey, 27% of admissions officers Googled an applicant to learn more about them, and 26% visited an applicant’s social networking page (such as Facebook). Of those admissions officers, 35% discovered something about the applicant that negatively impacted their application.

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It’s so important for you to confirm that your applications are complete and that all required components have been received by the schools to which you have applied. Application requirements vary by school, making it all the more important to stay organized.

The easiest way to do this is to create a list of your schools and the specific materials required by each one. Then, verify online (check the online service your high school uses or consult the online tracking system many colleges assign to applicants) or by phone whether each school has received the following components:

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11136294 S-teen-adultWhether you meet a college representative at your school, a hotel, a National Association for College Admission Counseling College Fair, or in a college admissions office, here are some ways to be prepared:

1. Be sure to know the college rep’s full name and the college he or she represents.

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What should I do on a college visit

Before discussing what to do during a college visit, it’s important to note that visiting colleges is a critical part of developing a good college list and making a wise college choice. In addition, college visits offer one of the best opportunities to develop a relationship with the college admissions representative assigned to your high school. This is important because he or she is likely the first person to read your application and possibly make the accept/waitlist/decline decision.

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