It’s never too early to start looking. Go visit schools!
Don’t wait until your senior year to start visiting universities. An ideal time is spring of your junior year in high school. Visit a variety of schools, including small, medium and big. This will help you get a good idea of what type of college is a good fit for you.
Know the admissions process.
Know how the admissions process works at the different schools you’re considering. Every university does things a little differently, so you may need to submit different things to different places.
Be aware of deadlines.
Know that there are different deadlines for different schools and scholarships. Some colleges may not have an admissions deadline. Others may have a deadline early in your senior year.
Don’t wait until your senior year to take the test for the first time.
Allow yourself time to improve your scores to meet the goals you’ve set for yourself. A lot of universities give scholarships based on your SAT/ACT test scores.
Be honest on your applications.
Don’t lie on your applications trying to be someone you’re not. That could get you in a lot of trouble later.
Don’t rule a school out because of cost.
Some schools initial price tag looks like a lot. Keep in mind that once financial aid is awarded and other scholarships are given, it can bring the cost way down.
Be mindful of your email address and other social media accounts.
Admissions counselors see your email and even look at your social media accounts when you’re applying. Make sure your email is something appropriate that will make you look professional and serious. Be mindful of what you’re posting on your social media accounts. Remember the world can see it.
Create a resume.
Make a resume that keeps track of all of the things you’re involved in during high school. It will make your life so much easier when applying for different scholarships.
Keep copies of everything.
Make sure you keep copies of all paperwork that you submit. It’s good to have on hand in case anything is ever misplaced.
If you’re still looking for the right school for you, we invite you to consider the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. We’re a Christ-centered learning community in central Texas. Stop by for a visit this week to see if UMHB is a good fit for you.
Applying to college can be a stressful process. Keeping these tips in mind and staying organized will help you choose the right university for you!