Juniors, get a head start on the College applications process

Juniors, get a head start on the College applications process

With the Seniors mostly done with their applications, Colleges and Universities have turned their attention towards Juniors. At top 15 Universities, most of the class can be determined with just Early Decision (ED) students. For the next group of highly competitive Universities (ranked 16-25), the Early Action (EA) students along with the ED students will make up the majority of the incoming class. This means that by the start of the New Year, Universities already have a good idea of how their class is shaping up.

Most Juniors make the mistake of waiting until the end of Junior year or start of Senior year to begin the application season. However, they are wasting valuable time. Now is the best time for Juniors to identify and clarify their place in the upcoming College application season!

With first semester grades and SAT/ACT scores out, academic credentials are becoming more concrete. This will help form the initial basis of creating the college list. Extracurricular activities, summer planning, and identifying concentrations within majors are the next critical steps for a successful ED or EA applicant.

Spring is a critical time for Juniors to begin the networking process with admission representatives from the Colleges they would like to pursue.

Here are the key questions that a Junior should be asking:

  • What is my College application strategy? College List? Major?
  • How can I improve my GPA and round out my academic portfolio?
  • Is there a need to add a SAT II (Subject Test) or retake the SAT/ACT?
  • How do I balance time between academics and extracurricular activities?
  • What is the optimal use of my Summer?
  • What is my strategy for campus visits?
  • How do I improve my skills for writing College application essays?
  • What more can I do to become more competitive for top ranked private Colleges?

 

A College admissions counselor can help with all of the above. You don’t have to do it alone. Counselors will guide your child to the finish line. They will help reduce your stress in sorting through all the Universities and Majors. They can also help your child identify his /her passion and purpose.

 

UCEazy has a large team of highly experienced College admissions counselors. Click here to learn more about our team of experts. Click here to learn more about UCEazy programs for guiding Juniors.

UCEazy’s mission is to simplify College Admissions for students whose parents were born outside the U.S.