Seniors, May 1st, National College Decision Day, is quickly approaching and you have an big decision to make! The schools you’ve been admitted to will be sending you many important announcements to help you make your decision. So, check your email, and snail mail, frequently.
Many schools invite admitted students to special on- campus events. These “admitted student” days offer a chance to take a good look at the campus, ask questions and meet your prospective classmates. You may also receive invitations to get-togethers in your local area for admitted students, often hosted by alumni. If you can, take advantage of these great opportunities to get to know more about the school and what it has to offer. The more information you can gather, the more informed your decision and the more comfortable and excited you’ll feel.
Financial aid packages may arrive after you receive your offers of admission. Be on the look out. If financial aid is an important piece of your decision, take the time to understand the details. Be clear on how much is gift aid such as scholarships, grants and tuition waivers and how much requires repayment and on what schedule.
Make your decision and send in your deposit by the May 1st deadline. Re-read your acceptance letter and any correspondence you received from the school to confirm that you’ve submitted all the required documents. Also, don’t forget to notify other colleges that you won’t be attending.
Once you’re a member of the class of 2020, you’ll begin receiving lots of important and time sensitive mail requiring your attention. Be on the lookout for details regarding housing, roommate selection, course registration, orientation and summer events. In addition, expect to hear from the health office, registrar and bursar. Check your mail regularly to ensure that you don’t miss any deadlines and opportunities.
Your mailbox is going to be full of information about a whole new wonderful adventure!