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Spring of Senior Year - Now What?

Updated: Apr 10



Now that most of your decisions are in, there are a few things you should do to complete your college application process.


Consider

Take Spring Break to consider your acceptance offers. Email admissions if you have any outstanding questions. Research academic programs to make sure they’re what you’re seeking. Visit the campus - either in-person or virtually - to make sure it’s the right fit. You will need to choose one option to deposit at by the first week of May.


Decide

After considering your offers, decide which school will be your home for the next four years. If you are waitlisted, decide whether you want to remain on the waitlist, and if so, inform the school. Read their instructions to see if any additional materials are requested. Now is a good time to send a letter of continued interest (LOCI) to admissions - but make sure it has new and pertinent information, (e.g., transcript updates, a high grade on a recent project, a standout athletic performance or a new endeavor). Here is a great video from the College Essay Guy that walks through writing a LOCI.


Deposit

Most colleges require a deposit in early May to hold your spot, so make sure you send this in time. Do this even if you’re on a waitlist at another school. Waitlists are unpredictable, so get excited about your deposit school. Buy the sweatshirt and celebrate!


Notify

Let your counselors know where you were accepted and where you intend to go. Update your Naviance (or Scoir or Maia) account with offers/denials/waitlists.


Express gratitude

Let the teachers, counselors, coaches and any other adults who helped you know your decision, and thank them for their contributions.


It's daunting but the end is in sight. All your efforts have come to fruition, and the next chapter awaits. Congratulations!

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