March College Checklist for Seniors

From The Choice….”This is the month you’ve been waiting for. Most admission decisions will be released by the end of March, leaving all of April for you to make your choice. Take a few deep breaths and contemplate what it will be like to receive your decision notices. Make a plan for how, when and where you want to get and share the news, and think about how you will evaluate your offers.”

I would also add: THANK those who supported you along the way, especially your guidance counselor, private counselor, parents, family members and recommendation writers. In most cases (especially those recommendation writers!) you couldn’t have done it without them. A simple sign of gratitude goes a long way.

View the full checklist here.


High School Senior January-June Checklist

“For some seniors, all of the applications are done and gone….For others, there are some left to complete. Either way, after you send in your final applications, there are a few more things to do to make sure you get into a college that’s right for you.”

Read what Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz has to say about what to do during the months of January through June in her HuffPost College Blog post found here.

Tips on Resume Creation

A few good tips from Twice the College Advice. Additionally, I suggest having a professional (or at least your parent) review the document. Many parents, if not recently, have at some point had to create, update and edit a resume of their own – so getting their input would be helpful. If including a resume with your college application, you have to be sure that it not only matches, but supports the activities and experiences you have included in the Common Application. Many adcom look to the resume (or activity sheet) for supplemental information on what can only be listed briefly in the application – so this is important. Use the resume to your advantage and make it work for, not against you!

The Three Biggest Lies in College Admission

Steve Cohen via Forbes provides some excellent insight into three common misperceptions in college admissions. They are:

  • Standardized test (SAT and ACT) scores are less and less important.
  • Asking for financial aid won’t have an impact on the admission decision; and
  • There is a level playing field in college admissions.

Read Steve’s full article here.

Tip Sheet – From Admissions Officers

Whether students are applying to a small, private college or a large, public university, there are some universal missteps that college applicants make year after year, much to the dismay of the institution’s gatekeepers who decide whether the student should be admitted.

Tips Include:

Start Early
College “Fit” Goes Both Ways
Do Your Research
We’re Interested in Who You Really Are
Mind the Deadline
Keep in Touch
Parents Need Not Apply
Choose Wisely

Detailed tips and full article from The Choice here.

Lighthearted Advice for Freshmen….

Incoming college freshmen, take note: University life comes with an unwritten rule book. Break any one of these regulations and your lowly freshman status will instantly be revealed. (Quick tip: Don’t wear your school’s lanyard around your neck. Just don’t.)

Luckily for college newbies, Reddit users compiled a handy list last week of high school habits to drop before you set foot on campus. Click through the slideshow below to soak up their wisdom. Before you know it, you’ll be a college pro, too.