Congratulations! Your high schooler has been accepted to college! This is a moment to celebrate, but it's also a time to take action. To make sure your student is fully prepared to start this new chapter, here are some important steps to take:
Consider all options. While it's exciting to receive college acceptance letters, it's important to wait until your student has heard back from all the schools they applied to. This will give your family a chance to review all the options and make an informed decision. Financial aid packages can also play a big role in the decision-making process. Keep in mind that May 1 is the national deadline for college admissions responses, so there is some time to make a choice.
Do your research. It's important to research the colleges your student is considering thoroughly. Follow the admissions department on social media, watch student testimonials on YouTube, and take virtual tours to get a sense of the campus atmosphere. If possible, visit the top choice school again to ask any remaining questions and get a feel for the campus in person.
Access the student portal. Most schools have an online portal for accepted students. This is where you and your student will find information about the enrollment deposit, financial aid offers, and student housing contracts. Instructions for accessing the portal are usually included in the acceptance packet or email.
Keep track of important dates. Make sure to read through the acceptance letter carefully and take note of any deadlines. This could include deadlines for accepting the offer of admission, signing up for orientation, applying for housing, submitting final high school transcripts, taking placement exams, submitting immunization records, and filing financial aid documents. Note that enrollment fees may need to be paid before May 1 to gain access to the housing portal, as housing is usually on a first-come, first-served basis.
Remember that college acceptances are conditional. Most colleges have certain requirements that must be met in order to maintain the offer of admission. This includes successfully completing senior year with good grades and behavior that meets community standards. Any changes to high school courses should also be communicated to the college.
Be mindful of social media. Colleges are increasingly looking at social media profiles of applicants to learn more about them. Encourage your student to avoid posting anything inappropriate or offensive that could jeopardize their acceptance.
Politely decline admission offers. If your student decides not to attend a college they were accepted to, it's important to decline the offer in a polite and courteous manner. This helps the college know sooner whether they need to go to their waitlist.
If you need help with the college admissions process, including acceptances, waitlists, and denials, or choosing the right college, contact Sapneil Tutoring. Our experienced counselors can guide you through the process and help your student succeed. Call the closest location near you or click here to have a pro reach out to you.
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