The November college admissions deadlines have mostly passed, and many early action applicants are breathing easier today. However, there are a few actions you can take to further improve your chances of acceptance!
1. Check that everything has been submitted. Of course you've requested submission of your transcripts, recommendations and scores. However, our worthy guidance departments are inundated at this time of year. A quick check-in with your counselor is worthwhile. Also, don't forget to send in any new SAT or ACT scores.
2. Make this your best quarter ever. This isn't the time to rest on your laurels. Most schools will consider 1st and 1nd quarter grades in their admissions decision, and nothing screams "motivated student" more than an upward trend in grades!
Also, check in with your guidance department to ensure they will automatically send these new grades.
2. Make a personal connection. Locate the name of the admissions counselor who handles your geographic area. Send a simple email introduction, and update the counselor on any new accomplishments! If you are an aspiring athlete and haven't yet been recruited, reach out to your preferred coach and introduce yourself! Remember, this is a busy time for admissions folks, so don't pepper them!
3. Take a tour or schedule an interview if you haven't already done so. Demonstrated interest is important to many colleges. But, stay sane: you don't need to visit every school you apply to, but showing your interest to your top choice schools is always a plus.
4. Begin your regular decision applications. In our perfect worlds, we will be handily accepted to our top choice schools, but preparing for deferral or rejection is key. Don't wait until decisions roll in to begin your regular decision applications, especially if they aren't on the common app.
There's nothing quite like hitting that "submit" button for the first time. Relish it, cross your fingers, and don't forget to congratulate yourself on a job well done!
Principal and Owner
College Prep Solutions/Tutor Doctor of Suburban Boston
Jen Rosier is owner and Founder of PrepU and owner of Tutor Doctor Suburban Boston. An expert in admissions and test prep, Jen is all about simplifying and de-stressing the admissions process. Oh, and helping families afford an education!