Senior year, although stigmatized as the blow-off year of high school, is actually SUPER stressful first semester, so I recommend having a finite list of colleges going into your senior year of high school.
My suggestion: Utilize the long summer before senior year to research colleges. By the time the school year rolls around, I'd recommend having about 8-12 colleges that you're really interested in.
/ 2.) Stay on top of your deadlines!! /
In applying to colleges, you will run into numerous deadlines. Be it deadlines for turning in your college transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, or simply a school's application due date, deadlines play a major role in the application process.
My suggestion: Make a list of all the schools you will be applying to, and write down the deadline to which you will be applying (early action, early decision, regular decision, etc.). Then make a calendar of when you need to turn in your transcripts (usually 4 weeks before the deadline), and ACT/SAT scores for those particular colleges.
/ 3.) Take advantage of your school's college counselors /
Many high schools offer college counselors that help guide you in your search for the perfect college. These counselors are experts, and since they've typically been in the college field for awhile, they are a perfect person to go to for any of your college-related questions!!
My suggestion: Make it your mission to become very familiar with your college counselor. Not only will it allow them to better familiarize themselves with your college search, but it's also SUPER nice having someone there for you when you have questions that no one else can seem to answer!
/ 4.) Visit the campus! /
I know that this isn't always practical, but one of the most helpful ways that I've found to cross colleges off of my list, is by visiting the campuses that I'm interested in. I've found that colleges look pretty beautiful when you google them, because colleges naturally try to show off the best parts of their school to eager high schoolers. When you visit a college campus, though, you're able to see the good, the bad, and most importantly, if you can
see yourself there.
My suggestion: Try to take at least a few college trips to campuses you're interested in. Or, if traveling is an issue, try to check out local universities to get a feel for what size school is right for you!
Any questions on the college application process?
Feel free to contact me, I'd love to hear your questions!
Until Next Time!