Four Ways That Rising Seniors Can Stay Ahead of College Admissions This Summer

Make your college list. Use your free time this summer to do research on schools that you may be interested in. A good organization tool is to divide your prospective colleges into reach schools, target schools, and safety schools. These groupings can often be made using your gpa and test scores and comparing it to admitted students at schools you may be interested in. Due to the circumstances, many colleges are not requiring test scores, so if you were unable to take them, do not fret! But, be sure to make sure that the schools on your list are allowing this accommodation. Because of the circumstances that are not allowing people to travel, many colleges also have resources on their websites such as virtual information sessions and virtual tours to help students in their college search process. These are very good tools to narrow down your list and truly reflect on where you want to spend the next four years!

Start reflecting on and writing essay questions. Questions on the Common and Coalition applications are available, and chances are some of the schools on your list will accept those applications. You should read and reflect on these questions, thinking about what stories you want to tell on your application. Additionally, many colleges have released their personal and supplemental applications, so try to keep those questions in mind. Jot ideas down so that when you are ready to start your applications, you have ideas.

Consider who you want to write your recommendations. Colleges typically require between one and three recommendations for each applicant. These are often an extremely important aspect of your application, so it is important that you choose people who know you well and can easily say good things about you. This does not have to be the teacher of the class you did the best in; it can be a teacher of a class that you initially struggled in and forced you to push yourself in your learning. The latter example would tell more about the person they are admitting than the fact that you simply did well in a class.
Relax! You will end up where you are meant to be, so as long as you do the best you can in your applications, everything will work out.