First semester senior year is busy. Class rigor and grades for senior year count toward college admissions. EDNavigators encourages students to remove some of the senior year stress by beginning applications over the summer.
What can a rising senior do over the summer in preparation for college applications?
June and July:
1. Plan and adjust college by researching and visiting colleges.
2. Prepare for the SAT or ACT if taking it in the fall.
3. Go to the website of or call the college of interest to find out:
• If it accepts The Common Application – If yes, are supplements required? Are they available yet? Supplements to the Common Application become available on a school-by-school basis. Princeton University’s Supplement to the Common Application for the Class of 2015 is available now as well as Purdue, Amherst and Penn.
• If it accepts The Universal College Application – If yes, are supplements required and are they available yet?
• If it has its own application – If yes, is it available? For schools with rolling admission, the sooner you complete and submit the application, the better your chances of getting in. Penn State’s application becomes available September 1.
There are different application requirements and different timelines for each school. The only way to get the information you need specific to each school is to go to the school’s website or call the school’s admissions office.
4. Write the common Application Essay. The Common Application Essay prompts will remain the same as they were last year. They are available now.
5. Take time to do things you enjoy
1. On August 1, The Common Application and The Universal College Application go live for the next school year. Complete the core sections during the month of August. The Common Application and The Universal College Application for Fall 2015 will be available August 1, 2014
2. Continue to adjust and revise the college list
3. Continue with test-prep
4. Take time to do things you enjoy.