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You’ve submitted your college applications, now what?

January 16th, 2017

At this time of year, high school seniors are often feeling anxious while awaiting admission decisions.  The time between submitting applications and receiving a decision can feel like the world’s longest game of waiting.  Students often think they have done all they can do, and that it may be a time to lay back and wait.  We are here to say that the steps you take now could still help you get to the end goal of acceptance.

An essential part to this process is for students to continue reflecting and learning about the colleges to which they’ve applied.  When admission decisions finally roll in, we want you to feel confident and ready to commit to the school of your choice.

Seniors must continue to monitor the progress of their application status.  Midyear grades will need to be reviewed by most universities, so make sure to remind (and thank!) your school counselor.  No one wants this more than you, so keep that in mind when working towards your goal of being accepted to the school you want.

Seniors should also keep up their meaningful interactions with the schools to which they’ve applied.  Most universities find this an important aspect of the application status.  Of course there are some exceptions, and writer Zach Miners expands on this topic in the US News article linked below.  Please take the time to read it. Although not new, it’s every bit as useful today as when originally published.

Article published on January 11. 2010

Written by:  Zach Miners

For most students applying on regular deadlines, the college application season has ended. But just because your applications are sent out, that doesn’t necessarily mean your work trying to get accepted at your favorite school is over. Counselors and admissions officers at schools across the country say there are still some things you can do to get an edge, as long as you don’t go overboard.”Most students feel that once the application is submitted, that’s it,” says Eric Greenberg, founder and director of the advising and tutoring firm Greenberg Educational Group. “But the reality is that colleges are often very receptive to getting additional information later on.”

One remaining task, which many students are already aware of, is to follow up with senior grades and additional test scores. In turn, it’s important to be in regular contact with your high school guidance counselor and not to assume that he or she will send out the scores on your behalf, say officials at St. Michael’s College, a Catholic liberal arts school in Vermont. “If the college you are hoping to get into wants to see your progress, it is your responsibility to show them,” says admission director Jacqueline Murphy.

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