Every college and university has their own deadlines for admissions. Once you’ve decided where to apply and fully understand what each college is looking for, it’s time to put together an application plan. Review all the deadlines and determine how long it will take to complete each step in the admissions process. Make sure you leave enough time for:
- Getting your high school transcript sent.
- Getting SAT/ACT scores sent.
- Writing college admissions essays.
- Requesting and receiving recommendations.
Recommendations, in particular, require plenty of time. The person you ask to write a recommendation may be writing them for multiple students or may be very busy. Giving them a month or two can help ensure they finish your recommendation on time.
Finally, schedule something fun for when you’ve met all your admissions deadlines. Having a reward to look forward to is always motivating. Besides, if you’ve followed all these steps, you’ll have definitely earned a celebration.
For even more information on getting into college, check out our article on the ways a K-12 online school can help students gain the skills they need to succeed in college and the world ahead.