August 19, 2013
With senior year getting closer every day, there are a few tasks that students should do before college application season gets into full swing.
- Finalize your college list. This will help you to set up a timeline for getting your essays and applications done before each school’s deadline. (Be sure you check on scholarship deadlines, too. Sometimes they are long before the final application deadline.)
- Check your transcript for errors. While rare, mistakes do happen. A transcript with errors could hurt your chances for admission to the college of your choice. While you're at it, make sure that you are taking the classes needed to meet each college's requirements for incoming freshmen. (i.e. 2-3 years of lab science)
- Ask teachers if they will write a recommendation for you. Not all schools require letters of recommendation, but many do. If your schools do, keep in mind that some teachers limit the number of letters they will write, so be sure to ask early.
- Register for the SAT or ACT. The October testing dates for both these dates tend to fill up early. The sooner you sign up, the better your chances for getting a test center near your home. (Some schools no longer require the SAT or ACT. You can find out if your school is "test optional" by going here.)
- Speak to your counselor about any questions you may have about applying to college. Your school counselor is your best friend. Besides completing forms needed by many colleges for you, they are likely to know the answers to the many questions that can arise as you apply to college. (Be sure you also pay attention to directions given by your counselor and provide them with everything they need from you in a timely manner.)