Conquering College Search and College Visits – Summer of the Junior Year
Things that juniors should be doing the summer prior to the fall of the senior year: conquering the college search process
There are various things that you as the up incoming senior should be doing during your summer break. Don’t let your brain turn into mush! Be discipline enough to continue to read as much as you can because this will help you when you take your SAT’s and ACT in the fall. Hopefully you have taken the SAT’s or the ACT in the spring of your junior year but if you didn’t it is not the end of the world yet. You will have a chance to take these tests at least (2) twice before your application is considered for admissions.
You should also be working on college essays during the summer and if you have some schools that you will definitely be applying to, it would be good idea to work on your applications. Each application will have a short essay or essays that you could work on at this time. Beside these essays, you should put together your resume of activities and accomplishments during your high school years. The fall of your senior year will be packed with things that you will have to do and get a jump start on some of these things wouldn’t be a bad idea.
College search: narrow down the list of schools on your list
You will continue do your college search and narrow your list of colleges that you will be applying to in the fall. This is an ongoing process because you will continue to add and remove schools from your list and it will depend on how much work you want to put into your future. Understanding that this is the most important decision that you are going to make in your life.
As you approach the fall of your senior, you want to have a good feeling of a few schools that you want to apply to. By this time you should have your transcript in hand with your GPA, your class rank and your test scores so you can see how you stack up to the last year’s entering class of the schools that you are looking at. By comparing your profile to the last year’s entering class, you will have an idea of your chances of getting in to these schools. The unknown here is the strength of your entering class.
One of the most important schools on your list will be your academic and financial safety school or schools. Don’t make the mistake of applying to schools at the top of your profile academically and financially and worry about paying for them later because this will backfire on you and your parents.
College visits: a crucial piece in the college admissions process
College visits is probably the most important piece in your college attendance and success. If at all possible, visit all of the schools that you plan to apply to. Visiting colleges is the only way to find out if a particular college is a good fit for you or not. For most students this is very important because it will determine whether you succeed or not at the particular institution. If you can’t visit the schools that you plan to apply to, you may be wasting some application fees. You will have to visit the schools that you will plan to attend after you have been accepted and receive the financial aid package in the spring of your senior year.
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By Leonel R. DaRosa, M. Ed.
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