Admit it, now is time for juniors and seniors to begin the college application process. Beginning the application process early will assist in eliminating added stress, give you time to prepare for a thorough college search and give you an advantage over the three million students applying to colleges and universities during the 2011-2012 admission cycle. Crisp Consulting + Coaching would like to offer a few tips for the college application process. These admission strategies greatly assist our students and families as they realize their college dreams.
Time for a Calendar. The 2011-2012 Common Application activates on August 1, 2011. Shortly after, other applications will also be available. Test dates are available for the ACT, AP exams and SAT. A calendar will help you understand the timeline of college admissions. In addition, you can easily schedule college interviews, plan for campus visits and prepare for application deadlines. This calendar will be an essential tool for your application process.
Time to Think. Time to think about your best-fitting schools and how you will present yourself to these schools is essential. This is most critical in the personal statements and essays that are part of all applications to selective schools. Well-crafted essays will help you shine in the sea of applications. Putting these writings aside until school begins can be stressful. Crafting great essays is equivalent to taking a senior-year course. Thus, planning will assist you in reducing the load and accompanying stress.
Time for Help. Regular meetings with your guidance counselor and/or independent educational consultant will be essential. These professionals are versed in the arena of college admissions and can assist you in understanding the application process. Finding a consultant can be critical in the selective-admission process as it is both competitive and complex. Consult the Higher Education Consultants Association and the Independent Educational Consultants Association for advice on how to choose the best consultant for your family.
Whether it’s the Ivy League of Harvard, the southern charms of Davidson or the West Coast stucco of Stanford, taking the time to plan your college applications will assist you in realizing your success and eliminating unwarranted stress.
Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.