"November's College Admissions Checklist: Navigating the Path to Your Future"
November is an exciting yet crucial time for high school students embarking on their college admission journey. Here's a helpful guide highlighting key tasks and essential deadlines to keep in mind:
Regular Decision Deadlines: Many colleges have regular decision application deadlines in November or December. Make sure you check the specific deadlines for the schools you're applying to and submit your applications on time.
Scholarship Applications: If you're interested in scholarships, be on the lookout for scholarship application deadlines. Many scholarship programs have deadlines in the fal
FAFSA: If you're a U.S. student seeking financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) typically opens on December . Be sure to complete and submit the FAFSA as early as possible, as some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
CSS Profile: Some colleges and universities, especially private ones, mayrequire the CSS Profile for additional financial aid information. Make sure you complete this if required.
Teacher and Counselor Recommendations: Ensure that your teachers and guidance counselors have submitted their letters of recommendation. They may have their own internal deadlines, so check in with them to confirm.
Transcripts: Double-check that your high school has sent your official transcripts to the colleges to which you're applying.
Test Scores: If you're taking standardized tests like the SAT or ACT, make sure you've sent your scores to the colleges that require them. Some colleges are test-optional, so verify the requirements of each institution. We recommend to our clients to take the SAT or ACT.
Interviews: If you have college admissions interviews scheduled, prepare for them. Review common interview questions and practice your answers.
Writing Supplements: Some colleges require additional essays or responses. Make sure you've completed all the necessary supplemental materials for your applications.
Campus Visits: If it's feasible and safe to do so, visit any colleges you're considering. This can help you get a feel for the campus and make a more informed decision.
Financial Aid Planning: Start thinking about how you'll pay for college. Explore scholarship opportunities, financial aid packages, and compare the costs of different schools.
Stay Organized: Keep a detailed record of all application deadlines, requirements, and communications with colleges. This will help ensure you don't miss anything crucial.
Follow Up: Check your email regularly for any correspondence from colleges. They may request additional information or provide updates on your application status.
Prepare for Admissions Interviews: If you have interviews scheduled, practice your responses to common interview questions and research the schools you're interviewing with. Be ready to discuss why you're a good fit for their institution.
Plan for Early Action/Early Decision Results: If you've applied through early action or early decision programs, you may start receiving decisions in late November or December. Be prepared for both acceptance and rejection and have a plan for how you'll proceed.
Remember that November is a busy time, so staying organized and on top of your application materials is crucial
At Career and College Counselors, we identify and give teens the knowledge of their strengths, interests, passions, stresses, values, and possible career paths. This knowledge will empower them to stay true to themselves and peer pressure can easily be overcome.
Tom and Maria Ann Geffers
Career and College Counselors
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