Don't apply to colleges at the last minute.
Teens are incredibly smart...but that does not mean they will not make any mistakes if they fire off admission applications at the last minute. Last minute applications look like last minute applications. The best approach involves starting early as a junior preparing required information and essay topics. Once applications open, students can work on applications at their leisure. They don't have to hit the "SEND" button until they are ready and within the timeline of their admission submission strategy.