Help! We’re behind in the college admissions process! Read on . . .
Is your senior behind in the college admissions process? Here’s a list to help get the situation under control.
1. Narrow down the college list. Select at least one TARGET, one SAFETY, and one REACH school. If you haven’t visited the schools, do so ASAP. If you can’t arrange a formal tour, drive to campus and take a look around yourselves.
2. Check test scores. Plan to take the December SAT or ACT if needed. If the student is retaking the tests, invest in a prep course and make sure they do the work to earn the scores needed in time for the application deadlines.
3. Check the schools’ deadlines. Prioritize completion of the applications based on these deadlines. Write out all elements of the application that must be included (transcript, test scores, essays/personal statements, etc.)
4. Create a calendar based on the deadline information.
5. Brainstorm together. This is especially helpful for essays and personal statements.
6. Complete the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid MUST be completed in order for students to get financial aid.
7. Consider hiring a college admissions consultant to help manage the process.
WHAT NOT TO DO DURING THIS PROCESS: Don’t take over. Dont write the essays. Don’t repeatedly say “I told you so.”