For rising seniors, now is the best time to start working on your college applications. Why so soon? The senior year of high school is very busy with students taking difficult classes, working on activities, preparing college applications and just trying to have some fun. The one thing you can work on early is the college application.
If the colleges you are applying to use the Common App or the Universal College Application go to their websites to complete all of the basic information required on the application. If the college you are applying to doesn’t use either of these applications, go to the admissions website of the college. At this point, most colleges have made their application for next year available. Besides completing the basic information, you can also take a look at the essay questions being used and start to plan how you will answer the essay. For many competitive colleges, the essay is one of the best ways to distinguish your self from other applicants. If you want more information on writing a great college essay check out our page on college admissions essays.
You should enjoy this summer, but at this point you need to start putting some work into your college application. It will make your senior year much more pleasant.