College admissions decisions are in full force. For those of you who have been admitted into your top-choice schools, congratulations! All that hard work, planning, and strategizing paid off!
Before you sign on the dotted line and pay your enrollment deposit (typically due May 1), be sure to consider all factors. You want to make an informed and educated decision—which means weighing out many factors. Sitting down with an admissions coach can help you consider all angles. As a Nashville-based educational consultant, this is often the best part of my job.
Consider All Options
Sitting down with all offers of admission is crucial before you decide on the school of your choice. Consider the housing, food, health services, student services (i.e., tutoring), major choices, job placement/alumni services, study abroad opportunities, financial aid, and location. Have you visited the college? If not, then it’s time to plan a visit for the schools that are the top contenders. Seeing a school in person is so much different than seeing it online or in the brochure.
Financial aid plays a big role in the decision-making process. Be sure that you thoroughly review all financial aid packages and consider the cost for each semester. You should know exactly what you will be expected to pay. Did you earn an admission scholarship? Check to see if this is renewable. Don’t commit until you know what the cost is going to be. I’ve seen too many students transfer because they simply couldn’t afford the cost after their first year. I’ve also seen some parents think they were paying a full year of tuition, when in fact, they were only paying a semester’s worth. Bottom line—read everything. A financial aid consultant can help decode the offers with you. Or contact the college’s financial aid department to have a clearer understanding.
Attend the Admitted Student Visit Weekend
Typically, colleges will invite admitted students to campus to attend a weekend of fun and exploration. This is a great opportunity to meet with other prospective students, sit in on a class, and get a more in-depth view of the college. I highly recommend attending admitted student visit days!
Senior slide, senioritis…whatever it’s called-don’t do it. Every offer of admission is CONDITIONAL. Meaning a final transcript evaluation review WILL HAPPEN for all students. In my admission days, I had the unfortunate task of sometimes revoking admission for students who slacked and didn’t keep up the standard of work they initially demonstrated. Keep up with your academics and maintain a strong student profile.
As a college admissions coach in Nashville, TN, Franklin, TN, and Brentwood, TN, this is my favorite time of year. Hard work pays off. Enjoy in the celebration!