The Importance of Hitting The Ground Running in Your Senior Year: Conquering The Jitters of The Senior Year
As you enter the first semester of your senior year, you should have a short list of schools that you intend to apply to. This list of schools could change somewhat but for the most part it will remain intact. As of the first of October some institutions will begin to accept applications and you (the student) should have already met with your college advisor/guidance counselor to go over your list of schools and the deadlines of the institutions that you plan to apply to. This is your life and your responsibility to make sure that your applications and related documents are sent out in a timely fashion so you can meet all of your deadlines. Your advisor/guidance counselor should have a meeting with you in the beginning of the senior year to get the two of you on the same page of college admissions. If this is not the case in your situation, you must seek out your advisor/guidance counselor and schedule a meeting.
Your list of schools should have at least 2 schools that are your safety schools academically and financially, at least 3 schools that are within your academic and financial profile and at least 2 schools that are your reach schools (your pie in the sky).
Your safety schools are the most important schools on your list because these are the ones that you are pretty sure that you are going to get accepted to and that you can afford with little help or no help at all. It all depends on your academic and your financial profile.
Why you should consider Early Action and Early Decision college applications? Does the positive outweigh the negatives of early application?
Yes. It is beneficial for you to apply using the Early Action application process because you will hear from the schools as soon as your file is read. With the Early Action application, you can apply to as many schools as you want to and you don’t have to make a decision of which school you will attend until the spring of your senior year. This gives you a chance to compare financial aid packages and pick the best fit for you academically and financially. Early Action is a non-binding application process.
Early Decision is a different ball game in it is binding and you can only be accepted to one institution. Once you have been accepted and you have received a financial aid package, you will have a short period of time to evaluate your situation and make a decision of whether you will commit to attending that institution or not. This is a legally binding process once you sign the commitment letter. You should only do Early Decision application if you are totally convinced that this is the only school that you want to attend. You may apply to more than one school but once you have been accepted to one of the institutions, you must withdraw all other applications and you will lose your application fees. For a small percentage of strong students, this is a great option because they can be done with the whole admissions process by the end of the first semester.
The importance of meeting all of your deadlines: Stay focused and avoid undue stress by getting everything in to your guidance office on time
It is very important to meet the deadlines of all of your applications and supporting documents because the institutions will not read your applications if your file is not complete. Also, the applications are date stamped and they will read the applications according to the dates received. You want your applications in the beginning of the pile to better your chances of getting accepted.
It is to your advantage to get your applications to your guidance office as early as possible because your guidance office will be deluged with applications starting October 1st. You want to give them at least 2 weeks to get your supporting documents out to your schools. If you stay on task and get everything done on time, you will lessen your stress level.
For more information, go the website below where you can find the information that can make this whole college admissions process manageable for you and your parents. This information will augment the work that you will do with your counselor/advisor.