The Definitive College Application Plan for High School Juniors

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 3/23/17 4:30 PM

Students spend a lot of time thinking about college and what life there will be like, but junior year in high school is when thoughts turn to action. If you want to give yourself the best chance at attending your dream school, you need to start taking action in 11th grade. Below are 11 important steps to take to maximize your chances of attending the college of your choice:

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Topics: Application Timeline

College Application Checklist: March 2017

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 3/14/17 4:30 PM

Download the Ultimate College Decision Timeline March usually means the beginning of spring here in Fort Wayne, and like the shift in seasons, the third month of the year also brings a turning point in the college application process.

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Topics: Choosing a College, Applying to College, Application Timeline

College Fairs: Insider Tips for High School Juniors and Seniors

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 3/7/17 4:30 PM

College fairs are an excellent resource for prospective students to learn about universities, connect with admissions counselors, and find out what it takes to attend the school of their dreams.

You need to prepare yourself if you want to get the most out of college fairs. Here are some tips to help you find, navigate, and talk with the admissions professionals you meet at these events.

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Topics: Applying to College, Application Timeline, College Fairs, For High School Juniors

Your College Application Checklist for February 2017

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 2/2/17 8:30 AM

It can be easy to backslide in February, when the weather is harsh and you’re pining for spring. Keep your eyes on the ball, though, because this is a really important time for your college goals. 

Now that January is behind us, things will start to move more quickly. Don’t panic! You’ve got this. Here’s a checklist to help you stay on top of everything.

For High School Juniors

  • Continue to do your best in your classes—only a couple months left!
  • Take the PSAT Exams if you haven’t already
  • Begin narrowing down your list of schools
    • Talk to your guidance counselor
    • Attend all the college fairs you can
    • Follow schools on social media
    • Start scheduling college visits for the spring
  • Research majors that might be of interest to you 

For High School Seniors

  • Find ways to stay sane while you wait to hear back from schools
  • Research and apply for at least two scholarships
  • Keep your grades up—you’re almost done!
  • Keep up with your hobbies, friends, and family
  • Start making a list of pro’s and con’s for different admissions outcomes

Check back with your list throughout the month, and try to check off one or two items every single week. If you find yourself with a lot of spare time, double up—seek out more scholarships, or look for volunteer opportunities to help boost your application or pass the time.

Want to know what’s coming up in the rest of the year? Be sure to download our Ultimate College Decision Timeline.

Download the checklist - The Ultimate College Decision Timeline

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Topics: Applying to College, Scholarships, Application Timeline

Your College Application Checklist for January 2017

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/29/16 8:30 AM

Happy (Almost) New Year! We hope your holiday festivities were exactly what you needed to take a break from the demands of junior or senior year and get recharged. We have a new year’s resolution idea for you: set yourself up for success in your college search and application process.

To help you know exactly what you need to do each month, we’re continuing our monthly checklist series throughout 2017.

Now that January is upon us, things will start to move more quickly. Don’t panic! You’ve got this. This checklist should help you stay on top of everything.

For High School Juniors

  • Continue to do your best in your classes—this is really important! This is your chance to further improve your GPA—and it goes without saying that if you improve your GPA, you’re going to have better access to more colleges and more scholarships.
  • Take the PSAT Exams if you haven’t already. If you’ve taken them once, consider taking another shot at it to see where you stand vs. last time.
  • Continue to seek out leadership positions in clubs, sports, and organizations at your high school or in your spare time. This will not only help you get into college, but also help you build relationships with teachers or staff that can give you an amazing letter of recommendation.
  • Keep researching schools
    • Talk to your guidance counselor
    • Attend all the college fairs you can – call your local colleges and see which ones they are going to
    • Follow schools on social media
    • Try to refine your list at least once this month
  • Research majors that might be of interest to you

For High School Seniors

  • Triple check your list of deadlines for every school on your list
    • Have you submitted your application?
    • Have you sent your official transcripts?
    • Have you sent your letters of recommendation, if necessary?
    • Have you completed all the financial aid paperwork?
  • Research and apply for at least two scholarships
  • If the weather cooperates, try to schedule at least two campus visits this month

Check back with your list throughout the month, and try to check one or two items off every single week. If you find yourself with a lot of spare time, double up—seek out more scholarships, or look for volunteer opportunities to help make your application stand out.

Want more?

Want to know what’s coming up in the rest of the year? Be sure to download our Ultimate College Decision Timeline.

Download the checklist - The Ultimate College Decision Timeline

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Topics: Choosing a College, Applying to College, Application Timeline

A Bulletproof Template for Asking for College Letters of Recommendation

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/22/16 8:30 AM

Sometimes it can feel awkward to ask for a letter of recommendation from your teacher, coach, guidance counselor, or employer—even though it really shouldn’t.

But because some universities ask you to include one-to-three letters of recommendation from people who know your academic, employment, or volunteer history, you may just have to bite the bullet and reach out to someone to talk you up on your behalf.

If you’ve known the letter writer for a long time and have a close relationship with them—say, your favorite biology teacher or the same tennis coach you’ve had since you were 10—we recommend just speaking from the heart when asking them to advocate for you.

But if your relationship to your letter writer isn’t so close—say, your 12th grade calculus teacher who really made you earn that A—it can help to follow a template of how to ask.

Like, say, the one below.

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Topics: Applying to College, Application Timeline


 

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