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Applying for college? 4 things to remember

Posted by Trevecca on Jul 18, 2017 5:01:08 PM

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Summer is in full swing, but the back-to-school rush isn’t that far away. For incoming high school seniors, summer marks the moment when college and universities open their applications for the Fall 2018 academic year. So, seniors, as you begin to fill out your applications, here are a few things to remember!

1. Know the process.

You’re probably going to apply at several different colleges and universities. And when you do, you’ll discover that the process is pretty similar no matter where you’re applying. You’ll fill out an application with all your contact information, possibly write an essay or schedule an interview. You’re also going to need to submit a few other pieces of information, like SAT or ACT scores, health and immunization forms, letters of recommendation and your transcripts. Take a look at the schools and universities you plan to apply for and make sure you have all the necessary information before starting your application. That will streamline the process and allow you to start planning for your freshman year of college even faster!

2. Think about what college best fits you.

You’re probably going to apply to a number of colleges for a variety of reasons. And that’s good. But also take the time to investigate which school is going to be the best fit for you. Visit the campus, talk to current students and ask questions. Think carefully about class sizes, student-professor ratios, and what you want to get out of your college education. Don’t pick your college simply because it’s where all your friends are going or because you’re a big fan of the athletics program.

3. Take a deep breath.

Applying for college is stressful. You fill out all the information, you write the essay or complete an interview—and then you wait. It’s easy to start thinking about things you could have done better or at least differently. You might worry that your dream school will turn you down. All of these things are natural, but remember that acceptance is about more than just your test score. The admissions teams are going to consider your academic record—of course—but also your personal character and potential. You’re more than your ACT score or your GPA, so rest assured that while these are important, they aren’t the only factors admissions officials consider when making their decisions.

4. Don’t go it alone.

This is a big decision and a stressful process. Don’t feel like you have to walk through it on your own. Your family, teachers and friends can be great resources. Guidance counselors at your school can help to answer questions or offer advice. Older siblings or friends can share what they’ve learned through their experience. Most of all, don’t be afraid to reach out to admissions counselors at the schools you’re interested in. If you have a question—no matter how trivial it may seem—ask it!

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