Applications are finished. Filed. Submitted. Read and reviewed. The decisions are in. Now what do you do?

If you have been admitted to multiple schools, March and April are the time to make decisions so that you are ready for May 1: universal reply day. Maybe you are able to make additional campus visits, but even if you are not, there are ways to increase the information you have so that you can be prepared to make a choice:

  1. Contact the admissions office with any questions you may have about the overall program, particular majors and campus life.
  2. Ask to be connected with a student or professor associated with your chosen major. What better way os there to understand course offerings, lab access and internship opportunities than to speak to those participating in and overseeing the programs?
  3. Reach out to career services. You’ll have four years to gather knowledge and build a skill set; after that, you’ll be looking for a career. Find out about programming and internship opportunities.
  4. Speak with the post-grad degree advisors. The time to know what it takes to transition to medical school, law school or an MBA is now…not later. 

For many students, the financial aid award and loan package is the most important criteria when choosing a college. Award letters are complicated, so remember that the college financial aid office is an available resource in understanding your offer. Some important question to ask include:

  1. Are there conditions attached to the award? 
  2. Is the award renewable? 
  3. Do you need to reapply each year?

Once you’ve made your decisions, the next step is letting the colleges know. Of course, you will need to tell the college where you will enroll that you are coming and in most cases, this will mean submitting an enrollment and/or housing deposit by May 1. But the other colleges where you were admitted will likely be eager to invite students on their “wait lists” to enroll as members of the Class of 2023, so once you have committed to a college.

For juniors — and seniors or grads who haven’t applied to college yet — now is the time to start planning. Developing a plan for what happens next, including finishing high school with the best transcript possible, preparing for and taking the ACT or SAT, researching colleges and starting to work on applications. Now is also the time for students completing an Associate’s Degree (AA) to file applications to transfer to a 4-year school where they can complete their Bachelor’s Degrees (BA)