“How To Get Colleges To Fight Over YOUR Student
For Their Incoming Freshman Class”
Setting up your child for college admissions success starts now. The Common App opened on August 1, with over 1,000 colleges participating. We work with families to determine the schools and application type that will be the best. While they might or might not be admitted to every single school to which they apply, these students find themselves in the enviable position of having multiple schools from which to choose. In the best circumstances they may also find the schools sweetening their offers to compete for their attendance! Here are a four specific tips to consider to help your student become a pursued candidate when the time comes for college application.
Strategy 1: Academics Matter
It should come as no surprise that schools are going to want to see academic performance when it comes time to apply. Kids who have been working hard on their schoolwork in high school – and have earned the grades to show for it – will often move up significantly in the admissions cycle of colleges and universities.
The bottom line is that students in high school need to take their high school transcript seriously. If they do, it will serve them well in the future. If there is anything that we can do to assist in making this foundation of your child’s college application as solid as possible, please let us know.
Strategy 2: Find (AND Develop) Talents
The most important thing is for students to actively seek the things that they can do well, and find their talents. This can come through school, through extra-curricular activities, through community activities, or even through their own reading and/or research. Granted, sometimes finding these talents comes quite easily. Other times it can turn into a bit of a longer search. Because of this, it is important to start early and identify some of these areas of emphasis as soon as possible.
Strategy 3: Do Your Best To Nail Those Admissions Tests
During the pandemic more schools chose to go ‘test-optional’ however these days schools are requiring a test. Please check the admission requirements and if tests are required, be sure to send in before your application is due. For underclassman, please sign up for the tests multiple times.
Strategy 4: Start Correspondence With Schools… Early
As soon as a high school student has come up with a preliminary list of colleges and universities that interest him/her, it is a good idea to request information from the institutions directly. It can also be helpful to contact specific departments at these colleges or universities, especially if there are areas of academic interest that the student might wish to pursue after high school.
These early contacts can definitely pay dividends later, especially since a student can become a “known entity” by the time the college application period rolls around. Departments may have scholarship opportunities, and may also have some input that can be of value for admissions committees.
Midwest College Planning is here to help with turning these plans into a reality – and when the time comes we are ready and experienced in working with applications, admissions questions, and all elements of financial awareness regarding the college and university years. We are here to help navigate the college admissions process for your student’s success.