High School Junior January-June Checklist

Spring of Junior year is a crucial time. Getting started on the application and admissions process now is a must-do. Check out this January-June checklist from Marjorie Hansen Schaevitz’s HuffPost blog for a more in depth look at what you should be doing now and over the next five months.

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Legacy Admissions

We know that legacy status (at least at elite schools) matter, but how much does and what role does it really play in college admissions? A Harvard study (2011) finds that while legacy status might give students a leg up on the competition, that does not mean that they will receive an acceptance letter because of it, regardless of how they perform academically.

Read the full article 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!

SAT, ACT No Longer Required For Admission To 800 U.S. Colleges And Universities

A growing number of colleges are stepping away from the standardized exams traditionally required of admissions applicants. More than 800 colleges and universities across the country no longer mandate score submissions from SAT or ACT college admissions exams, according to the latest survey by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, otherwise known as FairTest and a longtime critic of the SAT.

Read more via the HuffPost Education article here.

More Application Tips!

Via Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz @HuffPost:

Right about now, every college bound high school senior is doing (or should be doing) the same thing: filling out college applications. While each phase of the college admissions process is important, nothing is more important than completing the applications. When all is said and done, the best case for colleges admitting you is offering them a stellar application that articulates who you are as a student and person.

Read the rest of the article to learn about seven things you can do to make sure your application stands out from the crowd.