Believe it or not, summer is quickly flying by. The “Back to School” gear has already entered the local stores and before you know it, it will be time start classes for you senior year. Even though you may not have completed all of the tasks on our “Summertime Top Ten Activity” list, there is still time to prepare for the college application process.
Over the next few days, we will be providing insights on what seniors should be focusing on to help alleviate the stress associated with the college application process. The fall of your senior year can be a hectic time, but with a little summer preparation, you can ease your way through your college applications.
The first step to organizing your college process is to finalize your list. While you may still be planning to do some additional college visits this fall, you should have a fairly concise list of schools you think you are going to apply to. If you are having trouble creating your list, our post, “Tips for Making a College List” may help.
In addition to the tips mentioned in the post, here are some additional things to consider as you attempt to narrow things down:
1. Conduct additional research. The internet has a vast amount of information you can use to research colleges. Here is the list of our favorite college research tools.
2. Finalize college visits. If you are planning on visiting school’s this fall, spend some time to finalize when those visits will take place. Several colleges offer specialized programs, such as open houses and student preview days. These events are a great opportunity to learn more about a college beyond the traditional campus tour and information session. You may be able to see a student panel or sit in on a class. Our post, “How To Get The Most Out of A College Open House” can help you prepare for attending a specialized event.
You can still plan a high quality campus visit, even if you are not able to make it the weekend of a specialized event. Be sure to sign up for our email course: “Plan the Perfect College Visit” for more information.
3. If you are unable to visit a college, there are still ways you may be able to obtain more information about a school without ever leaving your hometown. You can do virtual tours of campus or read our post, “Meeting with Admissions Counselors in Your Hometown” in order to plan opportunities to connect with admissions officers who will be in your area this Fall.