Deadlines are a fact of life during the college application process. From applications to standardized tests to financial aid, there’s some type of due date involved in almost every step of your college search.
Topics: Applying to College
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.
It’s the scenario that no college applicant (or parent) ever wants to consider: the admissions decision finally came, and it wasn’t the news you’d hoped for. Maybe you didn’t apply for many schools, or perhaps you simply couldn’t find the right one—either way, you’re at a crossroads.
Dealing with rejection is tough, especially when you’ve devoted so much time and energy into polishing your application, researching schools, and thinking about the future. But the most important thing to remember right now is that this isn’t the end of the world, and you still have options.
Even if your application was rejected, the time and willpower you put into applying to schools proves something: you’re resilient. You may not feel like it now, but you can turn this experience into a positive one—and maybe discover that this rejection was the best thing that ever happened to you.
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.
When it’s time to start checking out colleges in person, it’s super important to come prepared with questions. This will help you get the most out of your time on campus, and will help you make an informed decision about which schools are (and aren’t) a good fit for you and your goals.
Not sure where to start? Don’t fret—we’ve written a lot on this subject, and we can help you create a list of questions that will get you the information you need to know, including some questions we bet you’d never think to ask.