Why You Don’t Want to Wait Until the January Deadline
Many rising seniors don’t feel the pressure of college applications until late fall/early Winter because most regular deadlines fall right after Winter Break. I can’t stress this enough: do not wait until the fall to complete the application process. Here’s three reasons why:
1. Admission: Colleges only have so many spots available. If they’ve already accepted half of their applicants by October, then your chances of being admitted just were reduced to a 50/50 shot. Apply early, and apply often to maximize your chances to go to the school of your choice.
2. Housing: The sooner you are admitted to your chosen university, the sooner you can choose your campus housing. Unless you want to be stuck in the dorm that resides both on the opposite end of campus and in the 1970’s era, apply early to get the closest and most updated living arrangements.
3. Orientation Dates: Once you are admitted, you also will choose an orientation date for the following summer. I’ll say it in all caps: YOU WANT THE EARLIEST ORIENTATION DATE. During this two-day window, your parents will go to meetings to learn about how much money they’ll spend over the four years while you will meet with advisors to choose your freshman courses. Guess which courses are leftover for the mid-to-late orientation dates? The 8 a.m. ones, furthest on campus with the instructors that other students didn’t want to take. Your future quality of life rests on this decision. Plan ahead!
Consider this an exercise in your future mindset in college – procrastination will bite you every time! Investing time in this now will pay off in big ways later.