Your college applications are submitted, the next step is “The Waiting Game.” Waiting to hear back on admissions decisions. You might feel excitement, nervousness, relief or uncertainty. Remember to stay confident and try not to worry. You still have some work to do. Ensure you are preparing for the next steps and monitoring the process.
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Ensure that you are set-up to receive, record and respond to any and all messages from the college campuses to which you applied.
You cannot miss deadlines.
Many colleges use a messaging system that is contained inside their student online portal - if so, set up a schedule to log in and check your message inbox.
Colleges may send you emails that include deadline tasks and requests for more information. Make sure they are going to spam or getting lost in your busy inbox.
Check your U.S. Mail box too!
Confirm the college applications you sent are complete.
- The application review process may not begin until your application is complete.
- Be aware of admissions’ office deadlines about your application.
- Submit any additional documents colleges request.
- Check your SAT/ACT scores are sent.
- Check your FAFSA lists the school you are strongly considering.
- Does the college want your transcript now?
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Your scores are just one of many factors, including your grades, choice of classes, personal essay, letters of recommendation, and other elements of your application.
Also - high test scores won't automatically get you in any college.
For example, you may have high scores, but your school record shows that you haven't worked hard in your classes.
Colleges want well-rounded students who have shown good character, motivation and accomplishments, both inside and outside the classroom. Bust more admission test myths here
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