Just like that another year has gone by! We are saying goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017. For many of you, 2017 is set to be one of the most exciting and important years of your life – the year you head off for college. Whether you are an accepted student, still working on your application, or a junior just starting the college process, now is the perfect time to make some new year’s resolutions for your college search. Here are a few handpicked resolution recommendations from our admission staff!
For Accepted Students:
- Make one more visit to campus! The absolute best way to decide if a school is right for you is to see how you feel when you’re standing on campus. Can you see yourself spending the next four years here? If at all possible, make a final visit to campus your number 1 priority in the new year!
- Join Facebook Groups for Accepted Students. Start connecting with your future classmates and representatives from the colleges you have been admitted to. It’s a great way to get insight into which college is right for you. Join our group here!
- Evaluate your financial aid & apply for outside scholarships. Pretty soon you’ll receive your need-based financial aid awards. Take time to read through the information thoroughly and understand what you’ve been offered. You can also apply for outside scholarships to make up the gap between what schools have offered and what you still need to pay.
For Seniors who haven’t yet applied:
- Get your application in by January 15! Our Regular Decision Deadline is right around the corner. Make your first task in 2017 submitting your Common Application!
- Complete the FAFSA & CSS Profile. If you haven’t done them yet, be sure to get started as soon as possible. There are FAFSA tutorial videos on Youtube if you have some questions about the process!
- Keep working on those senior grades! If you’re applying regular decision, we will be evaluating your midyear grades with your application. Don’t let up on your classes keep up your focus – it could pay off when it comes to academic scholarships!
- Start working on your college list. There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States alone – with so many options it’s NEVER too early to start narrowing down your selections.
- Plan college visits. Your spring and summer vacation are prime time college visit opportunities. Visiting colleges in your junior year will help solidify your college list and have you ready to apply early action or early decision to your top schools in the fall of senior year!
- Sign up for the SAT or ACT. Catholic University (along with many other colleges) is Test Optional, but it’s still a good idea to take standardized tests in your junior year. It will help you to see where you are and decide if test prep courses might be right for you.