You’ve just applied to your top schools, so now its smooth sailing from here on out right? Actually, the process has just begun! Students, you have from now until the end of December to submit your application for scholarship opportunities from the college. Explore all of your options, you want to make the best decision for yourself. Ask counselors or parents for help with required documents for the college. Keep all deadlines in order, the last thing you want is to be out of the running for scholarships, room assignments, or parking for lack of meeting a specific deadline. In addition, it is important to maintain your academics during this lengthy time. Here’s a list of items to keep on your radar!DSC_8429

  • Check regularly for correspondence from the college on the status of your application. Some schools will send a link to set up your online student account.
  • Your student account will become your best friend. If the school needs more paperwork or documents from you, it will be listed on your account. Examples may be unofficial transcripts, pre-enrollment health records, birth certificate, Social Security number, etc.
  • Do not panic if you didn’t receive the ideal score on your entrance exams. For admission and scholarship consideration, December is the last testing date. Take the ACT or SAT again and send the score to your prospective schools for further review.
  • Once the college has received all of the materials needed for your application, the admissions committee will review your application.
  • When an admissions decision is determined, the college will notify you via mail, email, or your student account. Notification can come as early as two business days, depending on the institution.
  • Once you’ve received your acceptance, you have until May 1 to make a decision and decline the other schools’ offers. Trust your instincts, pick a college because it is the best fit for you!
  • Now it is time to submit your deposits and complete paperwork for financial aid and housing.

I understand you’re busy with the college process and there’s so much asked of you but stay focused and positive. Colleges still need your official transcripts and it will reflect if senioritis has gotten the best of you. Don’t let the stresses of the college process deter your senior year. Enjoy the journey, it comes fast and furious. Your best moments have yet to come, now it is go time!

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