Fall College Search and Application Checklist: Senior Year

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 8/8/17 4:30 PM

Everyone says the junior year of high school is the most important year in the college hunt, but your senior year comes with an equal amount of pressure—if not more—because you get to do all that while balancing a full load of high school classes, activities, and athletics.

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Topics: Choosing a College, Scholarships, Application Timeline, For High School Seniors

6 Senior Steps before Starting the College Countdown

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 8/3/17 4:30 PM

Welcome to just-before-senior-year crunch time. As a junior, you worked like crazy and gave it everything you had to make your academic skills shine. Once school starts, it’s time to begin the process to find, apply, and get into college. You’ll put the finishing touches on your applications, cross your fingers, and hope for the best.

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Topics: Choosing a College, Applying to College, Scholarships, Application Timeline, For High School Juniors

5 Ways to Get Money for College This Summer

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 6/22/17 4:30 PM

It’s summer 2017, college is starting in the fall, and you’re still not sure how you’re going to pay for it.

With the cost of college creeping up year after year, you’re not alone. Millions of students across the country are hoping to reduce their reliance on federal and private loans (and the debt that comes with them) and find alternative funding sources for their educations.

Here are a few tips for firming up your financial footing before embarking on your college career.

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Topics: Financial Aid, Scholarships

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 December 2016

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/1/16 8:30 AM

 If you’re all caught up on your November checklist for college applications, it’s time to keep moving in the month of December. 

(We know it’s tempting to take a break over the holidays, but you’ll be glad you kept on top of things once January rolls around.) 

For High School Juniors

  • Keep doing your best in your classes
  • Look for ways to get involved in clubs, organizations, or volunteer work
  • Take the PSAT Exams (if you haven’t already)
  • Continue researching colleges and universities
    • List the important priorities for you
    • Talk to your school counselor
    • Reach out to your colleges’ admissions teams
    • Attend college fairs and meet with the admissions reps
    • Follow schools on social media

For High School Seniors

  • Check your list of deadlines from November, including:
    • Application deadlines
    • Scholarship deadlines
    • Financial aid deadlines
    • Recommendation letter deadlines
  • Check your Common App deadlines (if you’re using Common App)
  • Retake the SAT/ACT (if necessary, and if you didn’t in November). Remember: schools allow you to apply with your best scores from each section of the test, so taking the SAT/ACT multiple times can help improve your chances of getting into college
  • Research and apply for at least two scholarships

Keep checking your list throughout the month, and try to knock something out every week. You’re making great progress, and spring is just around the corner.

Want to know how to prepare for the rest of the year? Be sure to download our Ultimate College Decision Timeline.

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Topics: Applying to College, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Application Timeline, Common App

Top 5 Scholarship Opportunities for November 2016

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 11/17/16 8:30 AM

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Topics: Financial Aid, Scholarships


 

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