Eight Things 12th Graders Should be Doing to Prepare for College Admissions
High schoolers have to prepare for college throughout their Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. This is the last of a three-part series which we hope has been helpful for students, parents, grandparents, and educators.
Seniors, you’re on the downslope of your final year in high school, but that doesn’t mean you can let off the gas. In fact, it’s time to kick things into high gear and wrap up all those loose ends.
1. Complete your college visits.
Sign up for tours and visit the schools you are most interested in attending. Talk to your counselor; you may be allowed some days off school specifically for college visits.
2. Finalize college applications and essays.
If you are still procrastinating, it’s time to stop waiting and finish your application process. Don’t know how or where to begin? Start with ApplyTexas (obviously for Texas schools) and The Common App. Get it done!
3. Boost your ACT or SAT scores.
You have a few more chances to raise your scores if needed. Already admitted? See if you can earn merit aid with an extra few points (we recently had a student who earned over $75,000 over four years by raising his ACT score by one point!). Register now for the next ACT or SAT exam. Oh, and don’t forget to allow yourself enough time to prepare for it.
4. Compare financial aid packages.
Many of you are receiving your acceptance letters and financial aid awards. It’s very important to sit down with your parents and compare the offers. While one school may be offering you more aid than another school, that doesn’t mean you’re comparing apples to apples. Contact the financial aid office at each school if you have questions.
5. Search for scholarships.
Apply for as many scholarships as possible. There are many websites (we like Cappex) and apps (try Scholly) to aid you in your search. Look for local scholarships through the Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Lion’s Club, and other organizations. Don’t forget to check with the college admissions office to find out what else you may qualify for.
6. Prepare for AP tests.
These tests can help reduce the overall cost of college. Be prepared and do well.
7. Consider wait-list options.
If you’ve been wait-listed, you have to make some decisions. Decide if you truly want to attend the school. If not, notify them immediately and free up that spot for someone on the list. If you do want to attend, understand the conditions of being wait-listed, and understand that if you do get in, you may have fewer options for housing and financial aid.
8. Complete enrollment.
You’ve notified the school, so now get signed up for orientation. The sooner you do this, the more likely you’ll get your preferred session. Also, make a list of all items necessary to finish your enrollment. This will include deposits, housing, sending your final transcript, financial aid agreements, and other information as required.
Congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life and we want you to know that we’re here to help. Michael Jordan College Prep can help you succeed in your courses, prepare for the ACT and SAT exams, and provide college counseling and guidance services. Go online and schedule your free consultation today.