You’ve Made Your College Decision…Now What?

So you’ve made your final college decision, sent in your deposit to secure your place, and celebrated. Now what? Here are a few things you should be focusing on now that you’ve made your big decision.

Register for Placement Testing

Almost all schools require you to take a few placement tests before enrolling. Don’t stress yourself out preparing for them, though! These tests, usually in general subjects like math and English, simply provide you and your school with an idea of where you are at academically. Then you can enroll in the appropriate level classes for your first semester and start your college career on the right foot. If you’re not sure how to register for placement testing at your school, check out the Admissions website or contact the Admissions department directly.

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Register to Attend Orientation

Find out how to register to attend an orientation session at your school over the summer. If you are having trouble finding the information you need to get registered, check out the Admissions website or contact the Admissions department directly.

Research More Financial Aid Options

If you need to take out a student loan, start researching your options now. Carefully review your award letter to get an idea of how much you’ll need to borrow. If you need assistance, contact the Financial Aid office at your school. Don’t forget to keep applying for scholarships! Scholarships are available year-round, and they’re not just for high school seniors either. There are just as many scholarships available for college students as there are for high school students, so don’t pass up all those opportunities for free money!

Start Thinking about Living Arrangements

Most schools require incoming freshmen to live in on-campus housing or dorm rooms. If you have more options, however, look into them and start thinking about what would work best for you.

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Begin Purchasing College Items

Make a list of the items you’re going to need for your dorm and and college life in general. Begin purchasing these items little by little. Smaller purchases over the course of the summer is a much more manageable approach than going on one big, expensive shopping trip.

Enjoy Your Summer

Lastly, make the most out of your summer! Spend time with your family, hang out with your friends, and take time to do a few things that make you happy and relaxed. Once you start college, your life will change in big ways, so slow down and enjoy this time.

image credits: uoregon.edu, huffpost.com


Original Post Date: May 5th, 2014

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