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Back to School College Search Checklist

Categories: Admissions Advice

By now, most high schoolers are back in their high school halls trying to memorize their new locker combinations and figure out a way to get from X Hall to J Hall during the 3-minute bell between classes.

Juniors and seniors have a lot on their plates: intense homework and assignments, extra-curricular responsibilities, and of course, your college dreams.

To help keep you on track for your tedious college search and relax you a bit, we’ve come up with a simple list of things you should take care of this September. We’ve made two different checklists. One for juniors and one for seniors. So turn on some Marvin Gaye, sit back in your La-Z-Boy, and try to calm you nerves as you check off these simple tasks:


  • Keep your grades up—admissions counselors look closely at your junior year grades
  • Stay involved and take on leadership roles in your extra-curricular activities
  • Prep for ACT or SAT, and review winter/spring test dates at and
  • Think about teachers/coaches/community members/employers you can ask for recommendations in near future
  • Meet with your school’s college counselor to discuss your goals and make sure you’re on track for graduation
  • Start building your college list on


  • Get to work on admission essays
  • Take charge in your extra-curricular activities and continue to demonstrate leadership
  • Check-in with teachers/employers/community members/coaches you’ve asked for recommendations and provide them with materials and deadlines
  • Prepare your parents to complete the CSS/Profile® for financial aid so they can submit it as early as November if you plan on applying to private colleges
  • Order and send official ACT/SAT scores and your high school transcript to all colleges
  • Review all college application materials and take note of deadlines

All high school grades: Apply to scholarships scholarships scholarships!

Are we missing anything? Leave your advice in the comment field below.

10 Colleges with the Best Health Services

With all the excitement of your college search, it’s difficult to have the foresight that you might wind up under the weather a few times during your college career.

Without your usual network of chicken soup providers not around you, getting to know your university’s health services before you’re actually in dire need, is a smart idea. Take a visit to the university’s student health services facility so you can, for one thing, know where exactly it’s located on campus, and also how it works.

Here’s a list, according to the Princeton Review, of the top ten colleges with the best health services:

1. University of California – Los Angeles
Quick fact: Located near Hollywood, the UCLA campus has been featured in countless films including Legally Blonde, Old School, The Nutty Professor, Erin Brockovich, and American Pie 2.

2. Whitman College
Quick fact: Whitman College is located in Walla Walla, Washington, which is kinda super really fun to say.

3. West Point
Quick fact: The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to tons of historic sites, buildings, and monuments.

4. University of Texas Austin
Quick fact: Austin has the largest urban bat population in America. So watch out for vampires [insert spooky noises].

5. Pennsylvania State University
Quick fact: The university’s total enrollment in 2009-10 was approximately 94,300 across its 24 campuses.

6. Georgia Institute of Technology
Quick fact: The educational institution was founded in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology as part of Reconstruction plans to build an industrial economy in the post-Civil War Southern United States.

7. University of Pittsburgh
Quick fact: Founded as Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, Pitt is among a select group of universities and colleges established in the 18th century in the United States.

8. Susquehanna University
Quick fact: Nearly 20 percent of the undergraduate student population is active in Greek life on campus.

9. University of Georgia
Quick fact:  As a member of the Southeastern Conference, the University of Georgia Bulldogs have won thirty-seven national championships and 130 conference championships.

10. University of Florida 
Quick fact: The university is the sixth largest single-campus university in the United States by student population.

Do college students pay enough attention to their health? What’s your opinion? Leave a comment below!