2018 Summer Checklist for Rising Seniors

college planning checklist

Summer started a week ago.  For rising seniors, this should not really be a summer break.  There is lots to during the college admissions process.

Here is a concise list of my recommendations:

  1. Work, volunteer, attend programs—your choice. What you do matters less than how your activities fit into the bigger picture of who you are.
  2. Continue to explore colleges and to fine-tune your college list.
  3. Review the admissions requirements for each college on your list.
  4. If you are applying to BS/MD programs, you should be planning to visit your target schools for a second time.
  5. Consider seeking interviews at colleges that offer them.
  6. Fill out the Common Application and begin drafting your main Common App essay.
  7. Review your Common App short answer essays.
  8. Decide whom you will ask for letters of recommendation.
  9. Review your social media profile to ensure that it is admission-ready.
  10. Make a list of fall deadlines and refer back to it often.

If you are applying to Ivy League and highly selective colleges be aware that “It’s Getting Tougher To Get Into the Ivies” and you need to develop a “Personal WOW-Factor” so that you can stand out amongst the thousands of other qualified and admissible applicants.

Just note as you are preparing for the last rung of your college admissions journey: A recent study showed 26% of high-achieving students used a private college admissions consultant to assist them with their college admissions process.  Additional research has indicated that many international students, who applied to Ivy League and top-tier colleges and who were accepted, hired admissions advisors.

“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul Lowe

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected. and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions AdvisorsSummer Camps:  BS/MD Application Boot Camp and Ivy League Application Boot Camp.