Academic Tip of the Month – Spring Counselor Checklist


Here are critical items students in each grade level should follow through on:

Freshman/Sophomores – Now is the perfect time to think about improving your grades, adding more challenging courses next year and ensuring active participation on your high school campus. Check out all of the clubs available at your school and sign up now. The earlier you start getting involved, the better your chances will have by senior year to hold a leadership role (which colleges heavily value!)

Juniors – Taking or re-taking your standardized tests should be a priority at this time. As you finalize what colleges you will be applying to this fall, you should double check you are meeting all of their requirements (e.g. do your colleges require or recommend Subject Tests? Do they require letters of recommendations?) Last, but not least, step on the gas when it comes to your grades. For many of you, this is the last semester where your grades will count for college admission, so do your best! You can do it!

Seniors – Congratulations!! You made it – the waiting game is over! By now, you should have received all the notices from the colleges you applied to. You now have a month (Statement of Intent to Register is due by May 1) to decide where you want to spend the next fabulous four years of your life! This is a good time to check out Admitted Students programs, do a final college visit and make your decision.

Examples: UC San Diego – Triton Day April 9 CU Boulder – Admit Day April 9 U of Maryland – Spring Open House April 8, 15 & 22

Once you have made your decision, make sure you put down your deposit, apply for housing and register for summer orientation. Also, notify all of your other colleges you are withdrawing your application so they can offer your spot to other deserving students. This is also a great time to write thank you notes to any adults who have helped you through the process (counselors, teachers, coaches etc).

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