When should I start visiting colleges? As soon as possible! Look at a variety of campus styles to determine what type of campus setting you like best. Try to visit when colleges are in session so you get a genuine feel for the campus. Be sure to take the official tour!
How do I create my college list? Using a resource like Naviance, create a list of 6-10 schools consisting of 2-3 safety schools, 3-4 target schools, and 2-3 reach schools.
When should I take the ACT or SAT? Plan on taking college admissions tests in the spring of your junior year. Use the results from your Pre-ACT/PSAT to gauge areas you need to strengthen before taking the ACT/SAT. Take advantage of programs like Khan Academy to help you prepare for testing.
I am not good at taking tests– what colleges can I apply to? More colleges are taking a holistic approach in reviewing applications. Additionally, there are over a 1,000 colleges that are test optional. Take a look at the list www.fairtest.org
How important are my activities in the colleges application process? Colleges are looking for students who are well rounded. Find a few activities that you enjoy and are passionate about and stick with them.
I really struggled during ninth and tenth grade. I am doing really well in school now, but my GPA is low. What do I do? There is a section on the Common Application where you can address any challenges you faced during high school.
My child is looking at colleges I know we cannot afford. Should we still consider submitting an application? Absolutely! Applying to a college is like shopping for a car–it is rare that anyone pays the sticker price. There is always the possibility of merit scholarships, grants, financial aid, and work study programs.