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May

As the school year begins to come to a close, May is a great time to complete some key action steps in the college process, which are
included below for grades 9-12.

Seniors 

Congratulations on making an admissions decision! If you have not already, make sure you release decisions at colleges you have been accepted to and do not plan to attend. Now that the May 1st deadline has passed, it is a great time to touch base with colleges you have been waitlisted at and are still interested in attending. Keep an eye out for emails containing information from colleges on housing, meal plans, orientation, necessary medical records, and course planning. Click HERE for more information on what you should accomplish before you head off to college. Celebrate this time but remember to finish strong as the way you finish school is the best predictor for how you will perform in college. 

Juniors

At this point in the college process, it is important to have a solid understanding of the schools on your exploratory list. While it is okay if your list of potential colleges is still long, make sure you are taking the time to utilize all of the resources available to help in this process. Click HERE to see some of CACG's favorite books and  HERE for a list of helpful websites. Heading into the summer, make sure your Common Application has been created and continue filling out the profile, family, education, activity, and testing sections. You can also start thinking about your main essay and what you might want to write about. Continue to update your resume as some colleges allow you to upload a copy into the application. Review your standardized testing plan – as a reminder the ACT is now being offered in both June and July and the SAT will be offered in June. Click HERE for dates and more information. About 50% of universities will be test optional next year, though some colleges will require testing. Click HERE for a list of universities that will remain test optional.

Sophomores

Heading into the summer is a great time to make sure you create or update you resume. Some colleges will allow you to upload a copy of your resume into the application. Click HERE for more information on how to approach creating a resume for college applications. As junior year approaches, start to set goals for what you want to accomplish in 11th grade. It can be useful to use the SMART framework, which can guide you in your goal setting. Each goal you create should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time Bound. For more information on what SMART goals are and how to set them, click HERE. Continue to build out your list of colleges, attending both virtual and in person tours when possible. Click HERE to see some of CACG's favorite books and  HERE for a list of helpful websites as you continue to explore options.

Freshmen

As the school year starts to come to a close, remember to remain focused, thoughtful, and finish strong! It would be a great time to create or update your resume as some colleges allow you to upload a copy into your application. Click HERE for more information on how to approach creating a resume for college applications.  Moving forward in your high school career, a solid resource to reference is the book, “7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens,” which helps both parents and students navigate motivation, making decisions, and how to set oneself up for success. Click HERE for more information on the book.

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