It’s stressful and it can be overwhelming, but deadlines are the framework of the college admission process. Every step in the cycle revolves around the next deadline.
If you are reading all of the brochures you picked up from a recent college fair or online via a school’s website, you’ll notice that every college or university seems to have a different admission and scholarship process and yes—even different deadlines.
Probably the best way to wrap your mind around all of the different requirements and dates will be to put it all on paper. So go ahead and pull out a sheet of poster board and tack it up in your room or set up an Excel spreadsheet that you can refer to throughout your college search process. List the schools you will apply to and leave room for a few more you might consider later. When is the application deadline? What do you need to request from a teacher/counselor/registrar? What is the scholarship deadline?
Write it all out.
Visualization is an amazing trick. Believe me—it will help.
It may seem like it, but college admission officers don’t get together to try to confuse the process or add to your stress during your senior year. It is really just a matter that each school operates differently. We all have different committee review processes, admission criteria, admission decision dates, and ways that students can be considered for scholarships.
In the end, the deadlines help us to help you. By meeting the appropriate deadlines for each school, you put yourself in the best possible position for admission consideration and potentially, scholarship consideration. Once admitted, you are also set up to receive additional information on majors, clubs and organizations, residence life, financial aid, additional scholarships, and more.
All of this is in support of giving you an opportunity to drive the rest of the process. You see, the tables turn once you are admitted. From this point forward, admission officers are waiting to hear from you. So take time to visit each campus, sit in on classes, talk with students and faculty, and attend an open house or admitted student event.
I invite you to get organized if you haven’t done so already. Attack the deadlines, don’t fear them!
Will Loyola be your college “best fit?” Will you be part of our Class of 2018? The first step in finding out is to complete your application by the December 1 Priority Deadline. Doing so ensures that you have the best admission and scholarship consideration.