If you’re like most rising seniors, you’ve been getting quite a few questions about college lately that you don’t have the answers to yet. Now is a great time for you to take control of your college application process and continue on your journey to college.
The summer presents a great opportunity to get a jump start on your planning and preparation. This will go a long way toward alleviating some of the pressure once you’re back at school, busy juggling applications along with classes and extracurricular commitments.
If you’re taking a test for the first time or considering retaking a test, look at the test schedules, choose your test date, and take note of registration deadlines. If you’re thinking about applying for early decision, confirm with the college the last possible test date that will be accepted.
Begin by reading individual school websites—so much information is available online. You might also consider reading a college guide, such as the Fiske Guide to Colleges, for more information on schools that you’re interested in.
As you do your online research, be sure to look at the admissions and financial aid sections. You should also review academic programs, course offerings, and majors.
Identify the type of college experience you’re looking for and get familiar with different types of colleges and universities as you develop your list. Campus visits are the best way to get a feel for a school and can help you to narrow down your choices. To learn about a school’s personality, look for information on clubs, extracurriculars, Greek life, and athletics. You can also find facts about the makeup of this year’s freshman class online. Look at the blogs on College Countdown and Bound to Organize for helpful information and additional online resources.
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Now is a good time to talk to your parents about how your family plans to pay for college. Also, be sure you discuss the distance between your home and your college options. It’s important that you and your family are comfortable with how far from home you intend to be.
If your guidance or college counselor is available this summer, schedule a meeting to strategize. Be sure to discuss the following topics with your counselor:
If your email address reflects some funny nickname or private joke you have with your friends, it’s time to set up a new one. Choose one that is appropriate and easy to read. This is part of the identity that you’ll be presenting to admissions officers.
Take the time to jot down all your usernames and passwords for standardized tests, the Common App, and specific schools in one place and keep this list near your computer for convenience.
Make sure you don’t miss a single step of the application process.
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