EARLY VS. REGULAR
Seniors are making some big decisions this week. Most are weighing whether they will apply through Early Decision or Regular Decision to the colleges of their choice. November 1st is the magic day for most schools. Strategy definitely comes into play. For some colleges, you have a real advantage when applying early. For others, the colleges specifically state there is no advantage at all. Some early decision processes are binding, while others simply give you an early answer. And keep in mind that some early processes also require early applications for financial aid and scholarships.
Determining your application strategy may seem like a daunting task, but information is the key. And information is what I provide. Through the college admissions process, I help you and your student decide on the best plan of action. No two students are alike, and my approach to college admissions reflects that. I am definitely here to help you through every step of the process! And that is just one of the reasons I am committed to sharing with you each week through my newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news from colleges, a resource you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me!
Test-optional policies across all of higher education seem to have further increased the number of high school seniors applying early to college. Writing for US News & World Report, Courtney Rubin looks at “How to Know if You Should Apply Early to College.” My favorite piece of advice? “Always read the fine print!” Find the article HERE.
A RESOURCE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
“10 Colleges Where Early Applicants Have an Edge” is worth a look – for this year’s seniors as well as all high school students. Using data collected by US News & World Report, Ilana Kowarski shows that “early acceptance rates at these schools were at least 44 percentage points higher than regular acceptance.” Intrigued? Find the article and 10 colleges HERE.
A BUSY TIME FOR EVERYONE: In addition to helping my seniors with both their early and regular decision applications, I am also still learning at every turn. This past week it was sessions on GAP years and ‘finding your fit at large public schools.’ I also attended a monthly ZOOM meeting with my colleagues where we discussed early decision vs. regular decision, merit scholarships, students’ mental health, and helpful hints for completing the Common App. I always come away from our monthly call with a least one nugget that I am anxious to share with my students!
FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Need some help navigating the high school journey? I’m here to help you build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies in an effort to achieve college and life goals. Plus, this is the perfect time to identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. My goal is to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that you are positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund your ideal college experience. If you want to learn more, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.
JUNIORS: Wondering how to best prepare for the college admissions process? Now is actually the perfect time to start making some key decisions about your college future. I would love to help you focus on the things that matter. Let’s ensure that you take advantage of the opportunities that will enable you to shine next fall. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!
SENIORS: Overwhelmed by the college admissions process? Give me a call! I am here to help with both! My goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! And my approach is individualized for you – so it’s designed to keep you focused on the aspects that matter to your specific situation. Just click the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!
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