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College Admission Deadlines

Use Your Holidays Wisely to Meet Deadlines

Regular admission deadlines for the fall 2019 entering freshman class are near. Some are in December while others are in early January. Students should not put off getting their applications and essays completed. It is critical to avoid turning in applications that fail to show a student off to his best advantage. Even the best high school senior writers fail to deliver their best essays when they write in haste with little time to edit. Parents can help by being sympathetic and patient encouragers as well as essay readers who give constructive critiques. Like many things that are unfamiliar, starting college applications is the hardest part of the process. Once students get past that point, they usually do very well.

Accepted at College? Don't kick back yet!

This is the week by which students are supposed to make a decision. May 1 is the accept or reject an offer deadline nationally. The exception will be for students on a wait list for a college. Their decisions could come as late as July.

Students who do not officially accept an admission offer by May 1 at most colleges, will lose the admission offer and any scholarship money that was attached to it.

There is more work for students to accomplish during the same time period.
  • register for orientation
  • sign up for any needed placement tests

Follow up or miss out!

I finished my applications...I'm done right? Not by a long shot. 
Completing college admission applications is just the beginning.
If you've done them right, you've got lots of follow up mail to answer.
Follow up mail includes scholarship offers that may require an application
and opportunities to join an honors program.

It is a common misconception among students and families that getting
applications completed is the end of the road for things to do to get in to college.
The students who experience the most success are those who watch their

Do NOT Wait

If you have a high school junior in your house this year, the time to sign up for college advising services with a private advisor is YESTERDAY. Too many parents wait until the fall of the senior year in high school to realize they either can't or don't want to manage the college process themselves. By that point, most of the people I know who are independent advisors are FULL. They can't take new advisees.

Aside from getting in to a college advisor practice, the practical reason to start in 9th, 10th or 11th grade is that many advisors offer a flat fee contract that does not increase cost if you start early.

Do you suffer from CAAD?

Do you wake up in the middle of the night to make sure your Common Application is still filled out? Have you started calling Mom and Dad, Parent 1 and Parent 2? Do you have a fear of words printed in red (which indicate a wrong or missing answer)? These are all symptoms of CAAD or College Application Anxiety Disorder.

Although there is no known treatment or cure from this condition which affects teens aged 17-18, symptoms dissappear after hitting the college application "SEND" button. College deadlines for early application are approaching. Some college early application deadlines are as early as October 15. Many are in November. Are you ready?