It’s Time To Decide

National College Decision Day is quickly approaching. Seniors, you have a big decision to make by May 1! Check your email and your mailbox frequently, as the schools you’ve been admitted to have been and will continue to send you many important announcements.

There will be opportunities for you to meet your prospective classmates before your first day on campus. Alumni often host local get-togethers for admitted students from the same area to meet one another. Parents are sometimes invited to these local events as well. This is an opportunity for them to meet alumni and staff. Often, guest speakers share helpful advice on how to help you and your parents with your transition to college.

Many schools invite admitted students to special on-campus events. If you haven’t already attended one, these “admitted student” days offer a chance to take a good look at the campus, ask questions and meet your prospective classmates.   Take advantage of these opportunities, if you can, to get to know more about what the school has to offer and how you feel about attending.

Financial aid packages have already arrived. Make sure to check your mailbox for any follow up requests for information and forms the school requires you to complete.  If financial aid is an important piece of your decision, take the time to read through all mailings and 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 be sure to 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, as a courtesy, don’t forget to notify other colleges that you won’t be attending.

Once you’re a member of the class of 2026, you’ll begin receiving lots of important and time sensitive mail requiring your attention. Be on the lookout for information and required forms regarding housing, roommate selection, course registration, orientation and summer events. Also, expect to hear from the health office, registrar and bursar. Check your mail regularly to be sure that you don’t miss any deadlines and opportunities.

Your mailbox is going to be full, so check for new daily!

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