With applications officially being over, a key part of college admissions has concluded for most students. That being said, the college admissions process as a whole is still far from over. There are still a few ways for applicants to better prepare themselves for potential scenarios down the road.
While they may not appear super impactful, these factors could be the final push that decides between college admission and rejection. A college admissions counseling service like Empowerly can help you better understand these post-application factors.
- Grades: A common misconception of college admissions is that colleges don’t look at the second semester of senior year as long the student meets a certain minimum requirement. This notion only applies to colleges that the applicant has been accepted to. For schools that have a waitlist or deferment policies, second semester grades are still taken into account. Also, students who wish to appeal a rejection must have a solid second semester GPA to help prove the college admissions board that they were wrong initially.
- Staying involved: Going off the rationale with grades, a wise applicant should still try and stay involved in his or her extracurricular activities. If it isn’t too much of an effort, he or she should maybe even try and get a leadership position. If it comes down to applicant wanting to appeal a decision, showing continued commitment to an activity is a great way to stand out in college admissions and prove to the school that they made the wrong decision.
- Interview Prep: Around the end of the month, many private schools will start reaching out to candidates and ask for them to sit down with an alumni from the school for an interview. While the exact questions may vary with school to school, there is a certain pattern that is uniform among all of them that applicants can prepare themselves for. The major overarching theme of each interview is finding out if the applicant has done his or her research and shows a genuine interest for the school. And while the weight of influence carried by the interview can be minimal, it can never hurt an applicant to have another person vouch on their behalf.
The big idea is that even though the actual application part of the process is done, there are still several parts of college admissions that applicants need to be aware of. From keeping up with all the rigors of school to preparing for interviews with some schools, applicants should not take their foot fully off the metaphorical pedal. In the end, college admissions is the culmination of all the work an applicant has put in over his or her high school career. By polishing these final little details, it may be just what an applicant needs to show a university that he or she is the right fit.
Visit Empowerly to learn more about how college admissions counseling can help you with post-application life.