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Monthly College Search Update

Welcome to our monthly update on the college search and application process. Each month, we'll be updating this page and including it in our newsletter, so that all of our subscribers can have access to summaries of what they should be thinking about at this point in the college search process.

 

These updates will mostly focus on the junior and senior classes. Freshmen and sophomores should focus on maintaining good grades, academically pushing themselves, getting involved in extracurriculars, and making sure their summers incorporate meaningful experiences for growth. 

June 2024

Juniors
Class of 2025

Important Tasks

SAT/ACT Testing

Continue College Research

Demonstrating Interest

Preparing for Essay Writing

Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Seniors
Class of 2024

Important Tasks

Finalizing Documents & Forms

Sending Final Transcript

Pay Attention to Emails for College Stuff

Important Documents

Connect with Other Students in the Incoming Class

Makes Sure Everything is in Order for Graduation

  • Finalizing Documents & Forms: Now that you have enrolled at your college, it’s important to complete any remaining forms required by the school, including the housing deposit and roommate survey (wherever applicable). If you are planning to take a gap year, be sure to request your deferral and follow the school’s instructions about what documentation they may require to approve the deferral. Also, be sure to get in writing whether or not your merit aid award will transfer!

  • Sending Final Transcripts: Throughout this process, we have emphasized the importance of remaining honest, ethical, and transparent. This includes only submitting an enrollment deposit to one school. Your school counselor will be sending a final transcript to only one school, so if you get off a waitlist or decide to enroll elsewhere, you’ll need to keep them informed of when you withdraw the initial enrollment and where you choose to enroll and attend. Seniors ask us all the time if it’s okay if grades slip during the second semester of senior year—as long as you don’t let them slip significantly, you should be fine. A few Bs when you had all As won’t result in the school rescinding your offer of admission but receiving several Cs, Ds, or Fs may be problematic. Keep us informed about how things are going (or how they went for those who have already graduated) and we will help you navigate the process as needed.

  • Pay Attention to Emails for College Stuff: We cannot stress this enough—Start checking your email at least once a day! This is particularly important for graduating/graduated seniors because it’s how colleges will communicate with you about anything they need as you transition into their school. This includes move-in information, course registration, orientation, etc.​​

  • Important Documents: Many students and families don’t think about this, but when a student turns 18 and heads off to college, there are some important documents to consider having in place, including a Medical Power of Attorney. Additionally, some schools may also require specific documentation for vaccines in order to be eligible to live in the dorms. Each school will have different requirements, so be sure to check your portal for more information!

  • Connect with Other Students in the Incoming Class: Most students are probably already doing this, but now that you’re enrolled, consider connecting with other incoming students on social media. There are even parent groups to join! You may not find your future best friends this way, but you’ll at least be familiar with some other students when you all arrive at orientation.

  • Make Sure Everything is in Order for Graduation: For those of you who have not yet graduated, please make sure everything at your high school is in order before graduation! If it isn’t, they can withhold your diploma which can result in the offer of admission being rescinded. The things we are talking about: library book returns/unpaid fees, completion of all coursework, returning of textbooks, and anything else required by your high school.

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