As the year comes to an end, a new class of students is rapidly beginning to approach the beginning of the college admissions season. While many tests have been delayed and schedules are up in the air, the process of applying to college has remained remarkably consistent. If you’re working with a teen who is preparing for college, you might want to consider the following steps.
While it might not be possible to visit colleges right now, there are plenty of ways that prospective students can start to get to know more about schools. Visiting school websites, looking at data from graduates, and checking out course catalogs can be very helpful. Some schools also offer virtual tours, which can help students to get a better idea of what life is like on campus.
Admissions requirements for colleges are always shifting, and the class of 2021 will certainly experience a few hiccups that are unique to their experiences. Take a look to see how colleges are viewing transcripts, what’s kind of requirements they have in terms of standardized testing, and how they are dealing with AP grades. If you’re able to contact a college directly for more information, it might be helpful to all involved.
Even if you’re not sure about which colleges your teen wants to apply to, you should start looking at application deadlines. Application deadlines do vary by school and by system, so make sure you know the dates for early decisions as well as for regular admissions. Marking these dates on your calendar is usually a good way to ensure that you don’t miss them when they do finally come around.
Finally, start talking to your teen about what he or she is looking for at school. It can be a scary time for a teen in the best of circumstances, and the odd situation in which they find themselves today simply exacerbates the situation. Ask them what they think about going to college, how they feel about the changes to schedules, and what they’re worried the most about. This is a great chance to learn more about what’s going on with your child.