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Answers to Your College Questions

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tips for making your final college decisionYou’ve been running to the mailbox and checking your email for weeks. Finally, the news has arrived. Your college decision letters are in! Now that decisions have been released, your inbox will soon be full of news and helpful links from the schools you’ve been admitted to. The time has come for you to pick a school.

If you’re considering more than one of your acceptances, there are several things you can do to help narrow down your choices.

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good relationships with teachers and counselorsFrom freshman through senior year of high school, aside from family members and friends, there is no one with you spend more time with you than your teachers. And while some large state universities don’t require any teacher recommendations as part of the college application process, many colleges ask for at least one, if not two, letters. Therefore, it behooves you to develop good relationships with a number of teachers throughout your four years of high school.

Sometimes called a guidance counselor, a college advisor, or a college counselor, a high school counselor is also a part of your high school team. Their availability is much less predictable, since they are often responsible for anywhere from 250 to over 1,000 students at many public high schools. Even private school counselors are in charge of a considerable number. High school counselors are the go-to person that college admissions representatives contact if they have any questions about a particular student.

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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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Soon, if not already, many of you will receive admissions decisions, either online or by mail. If you were early to the rolling admissions game and have an acceptance letter in hand, congratulations! You’re going to college! Early decision and early action notification letters will be released shortly as well.

Once your celebrations are over, responses may be required of any of you who’ve received early decision, early action, or rolling admissions outcomes. Depending on the route you took in your applications, your next steps may vary. Here are a few things you may need to do:

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college fair tipsWhether you’re narrowing down your list of colleges or just starting your college search, college fairs are an excellent (and usually free!) resource to take advantage of to gather information about schools you’re interested in and get a feel for them without having to visit each campus. They are also crucial opportunities to make contacts by chatting one-on-one with campus representatives.

Student contact with admissions offices (aka “demonstrated interest”) can be a “tip factor” in admissions. Your contact with colleges could be the difference between your being admitted, wait-listed, or rejected—so take advantage of college fairs! To learn how to make the most of college fairs, check out this advice from adMISSION POSSIBLE by Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz.

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