I’m sure you’ve heard that 11th grade is the most important year of high school in terms of your college admissions chances. And while each class you take is important and you should always do your best, it is true that admissions officers place an emphasis on junior year because it is the last full year before you apply where you can demonstrate what you know and are passionate about.
Efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus have far-flung consequences that filter all the way down through the education system, including the college process. As students try to maintain as much normalcy and routine as they can, we continue to monitor institutional responses to the changing realities of their applicants.
Your college counselor at school can be a powerful advocate for you through the application process. He or she is responsible for submitting school reports of your grades as well as a letter of recommendation. Should colleges have questions about your profile or school context, they are likely to reach out to your counselor, and some high school counselors have built long-term relationships with admissions officers of particular universities, giving them extra ammo to fight for your case.
Around this time in the semester, high school students begin to plot their course schedule for next year. And as they weigh their options, they’ll be confronted by the age-old dilemma: should I protect my GPA and earn the highest grade possible, or should I take a risk and challenge myself in a more difficult class that might result in a B or lower?
In many ways, admitted student visits are the fruit of your months of hard labor. Now that you have heard back from colleges, it is time to choose where you want to commit the next four years of your life. It’s an exciting and important decision for sure.
As admissions decisions roll in, high school seniors across the nation breathe a collective sigh of relief. Finally, the wait is over; you can begin to seriously plan where you will study in the fall.
We are in the midst of an unprecedented time of worldwide uncertainty. Measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic have led to calls for social distancing, including the cancellation of virtually every sporting event, concert, and public gathering throughout the country and much of the world.
No matter whether you are a freshman, sophomore or junior, visiting college campuses during spring break will be well worth your time. You can gain insight on what types of schools fit you best and develop (or deepen) relationships with the admissions office at your top choice colleges.
If your spring break is coming up soon and you have no plans yet, then do we have good news for you! Below you can find some noteworthy ideas for having an impactful spring break that will allow you to enjoy your community, explore intellectual interests, and/or get to know others better.