Preparing for College Application Season

The school year has started for most students, and now is the time to get organized for the fall semester and prepare for college application season. Time management is key when it comes to balancing schoolwork, test preparation, and college applications. Here are a few ideas to help seniors get organized for the beginning of the fall semester and college application season.

“Applying to schools is overwhelming because of the sheer amount of work. Fortunately, Hughes tutoring and the Common Application helped me organize the requirements I had to meet and the deadlines that I had to meet them by.” - Ben, former Hughes student

“Applying to schools is overwhelming because of the sheer amount of work. Fortunately, Hughes tutoring and the Common Application helped me organize the requirements I had to meet and the deadlines that I had to meet them by.” - Ben, former Hughes student

Class schedule:

  • Make sure you’re meeting all of the admissions requirements for each school you’re applying to this fall or winter. Do you need two or three years of a foreign language? Check the admissions pages at each college to confirm, and adjust your schedule as necessary during the first week of school. Don’t delay! Once classes start, find out when major tests and projects will be due during the semester. Plan ahead for any overlapping deadlines with college applications or standardized tests.

Fall tests:

  • Many seniors decide to retake standardized tests in the fall. Be sure to check the test dates and registration deadlines for the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests. Think ahead and avoid overlapping soccer games, cross-country meets, or orchestra concerts on test days. Also, build in time each week that you will dedicate to test preparation. It’s important to remain consistent with test prep during the school year.

Early college admissions deadlines:

  • November 1st may seem far away now, but it’s shocking how quickly Early Action and Early Decision deadlines arrive! Create an application schedule and establish deadlines for yourself for each element of your college applications. Use an academic planner and write down all of your deadlines. Be organized!

Essays:

  • In addition to the 650 word Common App essay, many schools require writing supplements. You may also have honors program essays and scholarship essays. Set up a time that you can focus on your essays each week. Maybe you’ll need to sit down every Saturday morning and focus on just essays. Connect with one of our advisors today to work on your admissions essays.

Our college admissions advisors can help you every step of the way. We provide comprehensive college preparation services, everything from test prep to time management to essay editing. Be proactive and prepare now for the busy application season ahead. Contact us to get started with college preparation!