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Understanding College Admissions

Hey y'all, I'm starting to look into colleges and it's all a bit overwhelming. Could someone break down the college admissions process for me? Like, what are the steps from the beginning to the end, and how do I know if I'm on the right track?

7 months ago

Hey there! I understand that the college admissions process can feel quite daunting, but don't worry—I'm here to help. Here's a general breakdown of the steps to follow:

1. Research: Start by exploring different colleges and their programs, locations, and other relevant factors to build a list of potential schools. Attend college fairs, talk to college representatives, and visit campuses if possible.

2. Standardized tests: Register for exams such as the SAT or ACT, and take them at least once during your junior year. You might consider retaking them in your senior year to improve your scores. Don't forget about SAT Subject Tests and AP exams, which can also bolster your application.

3. Extracurriculars: Participate in activities that showcase your interests, passions, and strengths throughout high school. Aim for a mix of school clubs, sports, community service, and work or internships. As you get older, try and take on leadership roles in activities that you are passionate about.

4. Letters of recommendation: Ask for recommendation letters from teachers, counselors, or other individuals who know you well—ideally towards the end of your junior year or early senior year.

5. College essays: Start brainstorming and writing your personal statement and any required supplemental essays, typically during the summer before your senior year. Give yourself plenty of time to revise and edit your essays.

6. Applications: Complete and submit college applications, usually through platforms like the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

7. Financial aid: Fill out and submit the FAFSA and any required financial aid documentation. The FAFSA will become available October 1st of your senior year so be on the lookout for that to fill it out as soon as possible.

8. Decisions: Receive college decisions, compare offers, and make a final decision by May 1st.

This is a very high-level overview of the general process, but don't hesitate to keep reaching out about each specific step along the way. This forum has some great insight on all of these topics!

7 months ago

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