Important College Application Deadlines You Can’t Miss

Timing is everything!

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Nowhere is this more critical than in the college application process. From taking the ACT and SAT, to writing your personal essay, to submitting your Common App, the process takes months if not years to complete. This can be overwhelming and stressful for a 17 or 18 year old still needing to focus on their high school classes, extracurriculars, and social life. Particularly, if they’re not getting sufficient support in the process from their high school counselor or family.

So when do you need to finish gathering all your application materials and submit them to your colleges? Well, that all depends on their deadlines. There are thousands of colleges in the U.S. all of whom may offer one or more of the following application options: Regular Decision (RD), Early Action (EA), Early Decision (ED), and/or Rolling Admission (RA). The first three options have set deadlines, while RA applicants have a much broader window in which to apply.

When preparing to apply you have to carefully research each school’s policy. Some EA schools place restrictions on your applications to other colleges. ED involves a binding contract in which you pledge to enroll in the school if you are accepted.

Make sure you understand the rules, as well as, the pros and cons of each application option for each college, before selecting an option for your applications.

These are some very critical factors when planning out an application strategy.

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Getting Into The College of Choice: What Makes A Strong Application

Applying to college is both exciting and stressful, and with hundreds if not thousands of colleges to consider and important deadlines to meet, it might be an understatement to say the work ahead for your 17 or 18 year old may be daunting. Not to mention, the competition is pretty fierce nowadays among the many highly qualified applicants who apply to elite schools.

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But, with a positive approach and a better understanding of what it takes to produce a strong application, applying to colleges can be a very empowering process…particularly when your “life changing” decision is delivered. As a parent or college bound student you have a lot to think about, so we’ve created an admissions Road Map to help you apply, and ultimately enroll, in the college of your choosing.

 

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It’s Go Time! The College Application Season Is Underway

Is your student confident and prepared for the college application process?

Did they do anything this summer to boost their odds of getting into their top-choice school?

College admissions is nothing like it used to be 30, 20, or even 10 years ago. It’s a totally different ball game!

Did your college bound high school junior or senior do anything this summer to boost their SAT or ACT scores?

Next SAT test dates and registration:
SAT Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
October 5, 2019 September 6, 2019 September 24, 2019
November 2, 2019 October 3, 2019 October 22, 2019
December 7, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 26, 2019

Next ACT test dates and registration:

ACT Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
September 14, 2019 Past Past
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 Sept 21 – Oct 4, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 Nov 9-2, 2019

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What You Do Over The Summer Can Push Your College Application To The “yes” or “no” pile!

Each year college admissions are increasingly competitive, with admissions officers reading thousands of student applications. You can imagine, after a while most applications start to look and sound very similar. Students need every possible advantage to stand out from peers with similar scores, grades and interests.

According to the Princeton Review colleges want to see that you are committed to extracurricular activities throughout the school year, but they also love it when you are making the effort to expand and stretch yourself over summer breaks. What you do with your time can help you stand out from other applicants who have similar test scores and GPAs.

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What Should You Do Over the Summer?

Your summer vacation is the perfect time for college prep and to explore potential careers. All summers in high school are important, especially the summers after sophomore and junior year. Check out these summer activity ideas that are fun, creative, and will make admissions officers take notice.

1. Participate in a specialized high school program

Specialized summer programs are held on college campuses all over the country. At MIT Launch, students start real companies. Students at UCLA’s Mock Trial Summer Institute train in public speaking and learn how attorneys prepare a case for trial. And the National Student Leadership Conference offers programs on campuses like Harvard Medical School and Georgia Tech, where students explore a future career, develop leadership skills, and get a taste of college life.

2. Take a college class

Many colleges offer summer programs where high school students come to campus to take courses and live in the dorms. Taught by real college professors, these classes are extremely competitive for high school students and require an application (with letters of recommendation). Start looking now!

3. Find a summer program at a local school or community college

Instead of living in the dorm, save money by living at home and attending college classes as a commuter student. Worried that summer college programs are too expensive? Don’t be afraid to ask if they offer financial aid!

4. Get involved with research

Experience in a lab as a high school student is really impressive to colleges. Cold call professors or ask your parents to talk to anyone they know who is connected with a university to see if you can work in their lab (even cleaning slides is useful experience!).

5. Create your own project

Turn your interests and talents into your own summer-long project. A few ideas: Form a garage band with some musically-inclined friends and practice with local gigs. Teach yourself how to program. Practice your creative writing and submit your work to journals that publish high school students.

6. Take a free online class

Sites like edX and Coursera offer free college courses that are taped or streamed from universities. With tons of subjects from robotics to American poetry, you get to participate in real-time or watch past lectures from professors at places like Stanford and Harvard.

7. Get a job

Colleges are impressed when students have jobs, whether they are working for family income or just for fun. Your work history demonstrates your initiative and responsibility. Take note: you may need a work permit, depending on your age.

8. Be an entrepreneur

Start a business with friends that offers a service in your community. We’ve heard of students starting babysitters’ clubs, walking dogs for the neighborhood, or even teaching Skype to the elderly.

9. Volunteer in your community

Colleges would rather see continuity and commitment to a community service activity instead of a bunch of one-offs. Start now, and volunteer two hours a week through your senior year. For example, you could visit residents at nursing homes a few days a week. Or, spend your Saturday mornings feeding animals at the animal shelter.

10. Apply for internships

An internship is a structured opportunity to work (usually unpaid) at a company, lab, or non-profit organization for a set amount of time. These can be very competitive for high school students, but opportunities are out there!

11. Find a job-shadowing opportunity

Job shadowing involves observing or doing small tasks in a professional setting to get an idea of what a particular field is like. Does your dad’s best friend work at an electrical engineering company? Ask if you can help with filing or sit in a planning meeting or two, all while soaking up the atmosphere.

12. Start your SAT or ACT test prep

Summer is a great time to explore the ACT vs SAT , practice for the PSAT , or ramp up your study schedule. Pick up a prep book, take an online prep course , or find a test prep tutor to help you manage your time. Test prep keeps your brain active so you’re in tiptop shape to head back to school in the fall.

13. Make college campus visits

Now that you have some free time, plan your  college visits! You could take a college road trip with your friends or family or even virtually visit some campuses on Youtube.

14. Use your imagination

The sky’s the limit! Start a summer art project with friends to beautify a rundown area of your community. Pick up trash in your local park every Sunday.

15. Colleges love to see collaboration

Try to spend your summer working with others versus only on solo projects.

Check out these resources from the Princeton Review to help you make the most of your summer:

Summer Program Finder
TeenLife
VolunteerMatch
edX
Coursera
National Student Leadership Conference

 

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The Dreaded Essay. The Reality!

Which colleges or independent private (boarding) schools you apply to will be determined by your academic prowess. Referred to in many cases as Academic Qualities: grades, test scores, and rigor of curriculum. And, while your hard work has earned you the right to apply to selective, and in some cases highly selective universities and private high schools, most everyone in those applicant pools have very similar academic qualities. So guess what, your academic achievements ARE NOT what’s going to get you admitted to the school of your dreams.

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What will?

The personal qualities you reveal in your essays!

And, don’t make the mistake of believing your essay should be the same as an English or research paper, a test of your vocabulary, or a recap of your transcript and resume.

Each year admissions officers read thousands of student applications, and every year the number of applications keep growing. You can imagine, after a while most applications begin to look and sound the same. The role of your essay, when done well, is to maximize your college and private school options.

Admissions to colleges and selective independent high schools are increasingly competitive and students need every possible advantage to stand out from peers with similar scores, grades and interests. Your essay can be the difference maker! DOTS Educational Consulting can help you create an essay that engages your voice, your passions, and your experiences.

 

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