Your August Checklist: HS Seniors

As you begin your senior year, it’s likely that things are looking much different than they did in the past. Consider these steps to ensure you stay on track with college applications even as COVID-19 prompts an evolution of the process.

1. Create your college list

Essential Readings:

  1. How to Get the Most Out of Virtual College Tours
  2. How to Choose Dream, Target And Safety Schools
  3. The Upside of Rejections & How I Fell in Love with My Safety School

2. Craft your essays

Essential Readings:

  1. Should Video Game Passion Be Shared on College Applications?
  2. 5 Admission Officers Name Their Top Essay Tips
  3. 3 Tips for Writing College Essays in the Age of COVID-19
  4. Supplemental Essay Tips
  5. Essay Tips to Consider

Ask your questions or read through more discussions in our dedicated College Essays forum.

We also have a consolidated list of essay readers in our College Confidential community. Reach out to them for help!

3. Boost your application with strong extracurriculars

Essential Readings:

  1. Help! I Have Very Few Extracurriculars and No Essay Ideas
  2. How Does a Student Do Standout Extracurriculars During a Pandemic?

Deep dive into our community’s vast knowledge and expertise and read through more insightful forum discussions on extracurriculars.

4. Secure strong recommendation letters

Essential Readings:

  1. How Important Are Teacher Recommendations?
  2. I Don’t Have a Teacher to Request a Letter of Recommendation from
  3. Can a Recommendation from a Professor of the University You’re Applying to Help Boost Your Chances?
  4. Do Universities Allow You to Submit Letter of Recommendation from Elective Teachers?
  5. Who Should Write my Letters of Recommendation?

5. Prep for the ACT/SAT test

Essential Readings:

  1. How Do Colleges Compare Applicants Who Submit Test Scores With Those Who Don’t?
  2. 5 Facts About This Fall’s Test-Optional Admissions Landscape
  3. Test-Optional Admissions Bring Holistic Reviews to Center Stage
  4. 7 Last-Minute Things You Should Do the Week Before the SAT/ACT
  5. What Are AP Awards … and Do Colleges Care?
  6. Directory of Schools Going Test Optional for 2020-2021

Ask your questions or read through more discussions in our dedicated SAT and ACT Tests & Test Preparation forum.

6. Consider the best option to pay for college

Essential Readings:

  1. Can We Get Student Loans Without a Co-Signer?
  2. Which State Schools Do Not Charge an OOS Rate (and Will Also Give Merit Scholarships)?
  3. EFC Formula for 2020-21 Released
  4. The Psychological Effects of Loan Debt

Ask your questions or read through more discussions in our dedicated Financial Aid & Scholarships forum.

International students

Essential Readings:

  1. Tips for International Students Applying to US Colleges this Fall
  2. ICE Rescind Policy on International Students Taking Online Courses

Ask your questions or read through more discussions in our dedicated International Students forum.

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