Ultimate Checklist After You’ve Been Accepted to College

April 24, 2017

Congratulations, high school seniors! Now that you’re officially college-bound, there a few things you need to do before you run off and enjoy your summer.

1. Make a Commitment

The May 1st enrollment deadline is coming up! If you still haven’t made a decision yet, here are some advice on how other students before you ultimately made their choice. If you have, don’t forget to send in the deposit and paperwork!

2. Say Thank You!

You probably worked harder than anyone else on your own college application, but don’t forget your support network that made the process easier on you. Write a personal note to thank the teachers who wrote your recommendation, the counselors who sent in your transcripts, and friends and family who were there to support you emotionally. If you had a college interviewer, don’t forget to thank him or her as well!

3.  Treat Yo’self

You deserve it. Senior year is a long year. You have to make sure you keep your grades up, study for the SAT/ACT, write your application essays… And honestly, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Now that you’ve gotten accepted, let yourself take a break and enjoy your time with friends.

4. Don’t Fail Your Exams

Finish strong! You can certainly take it easy, but don’t let all your hard work go to waste. Study for your AP exams and end your high school career on a high note. You don’t want even want to get close to having your offer rescinded. Plus, if you do well, you can get college credit and place out of classes and save money!

5. Send Quality Time with Your Friends

The next few months leading up to College Move-In Day will be precious to you and your ride-or-die BFFs in high school. It’s really the one period in your life where you don’t have any (or at least, not that many) responsibilities, and can really just enjoy the company of your friends.  

6. And…Your Family

This actually might be the last time you’ll ever live at home. Don’t neglect your parents and siblings (if you have any). Enjoy the little luxuries you’ve gotten used to every day for the last 18 years of your life.

7. Learn More about Your College!

Finally, don’t forget to check in and learn more about your college! You’ll be getting a lot of information from your college: dorm choices, orientation information, class schedules, summer reading, etc. Don’t just sweep that aside. It’s in your favor to be (somewhat) prepared when you get to campus. Freshmen year is a whirlwind - you don’t want to get swept up into the chaos of it all!

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Frances Wong
Frances Wong

Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.

 




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