Seniors, you may have spent most of your summer on vacation with your family, working to save up cash for senior year, or just hanging out with friends, but I hope you spent some time thinking about your college plans and preparing your application materials. If not, it is time to kick it in gear and get to work!
First off, you need to whittle your college list down to those 5-10 schools to which you will apply. Make sure you include some target, reach and safety schools to cover all of your bases. Make some extra campus visits, talk to admissions and talk to current students or recent grads to get all of the information you need to make your decision. Next, you need to look at the application options for each of those schools, decide how you will apply to each school, make a list of all of the requirements and establish a timeline with all of the important deadlines.
Know the differences in your application options! If you don’t, check out this page, which nicely explains your options. You may think you have a lot of time, but some of those deadlines are quickly approaching. Applying early could be an excellent idea depending on where you stand with your preferences and academic fit. Schools with rolling admission will start taking applications in October, some Early Decision and Early Action deadlines will be in November and Regular Decision will be in January.
Do your colleges require standardized test scores? If so, it is time to make sure you have taken them and if not, register for the earliest fall test date possible to be sure that your scores make it to the colleges on time. You only have until SEPTEMBER 20 to register for the next SAT and SEPTEMBER 30 to register for the next ACT. Do that NOW!
Once you have your college list, take a look at what essays each school requires and start to brainstorm topics. The earlier you start, the more time you have to edit them and get extra reads from your English teachers and anyone else you think could help. This is not something to be put off to the last minute. This is your chance to separate yourself from the other applicants and show admissions more of who you are.
So now you have some work to do! There’s more to come and we are here to help. We will keep you posted with the next steps in the process and are available to answer any questions you have along the way. Don’t stress, just get to it and leave yourself time to relax and enjoy your senior year.