What to Do on Decision Day
There’s far more to do May 1 than be glad the college admissions process is over. Although it’s a time for celebration, there’s more to take care of after Decision Day.
-Your friends feel just as relieved on decision day as you do, so celebrate with them. If any of your friends are planning on attending the same college as you, take a group picture and keep in contact with them throughout the summer. Keeping each other on track makes the transition easier for everyone.
Consider Housing Options
-Check out your college’s dorm offerings and make a shortlist of the dorms that are best for you. If the college doesn’t require you to live on-campus during your first year, research the cost of living off-campus. Take transport, groceries and utilities into account. It’s possible that passing on a residential hall is the most cost effective option. Don’t underestimate the social benefits of living on campus during your freshman year. It’s a great way to make new friends and stay involved.
Print an Admitted Freshman Checklist
-Colleges want to make the transition from high school to college easy for incoming freshmen, and many feature a to-do list on their website. These checklists cover everything from packing to finalizing financial aid packages. Keep track of any placement exams you need to take. Most colleges have a language requirement you can place out of by performing well on an online test. Pay close attention to deadlines, you don’t want to start your college experience by missing crucial dates.
Start Planning Move-in
-You’ll want to be as prepared as possible for the chaos that is college move-in day. Figure out how you’ll get to campus and order large duffel bags or other storage solutions to make transporting your essentials easy. You’ll have plenty of time to finalize your plans, but starting to organize your move-in early makes it far less stressful when the day comes.
Rescind Other Applications
-You’ve made your decision, so it’s time to withdraw any other applications that might still be under consideration. This frees up spots for deferred applicants.
Plan for Orientation
-Some colleges hold summer orientation programs that can last from a day to a week. Look online to see when orientation is and plan your move-in accordingly. Additionally, if there are pre-orientation programs that appeal to you, weigh the cost and consider moving in early to take part. Pre-orientation programs leave you with a few friends before your freshman year starts, yet they can be costly.
-Even if you’ve already toured campus as a prospective student, visiting again as a future freshman has different advantages. Check out dorms you’re interested in living in, ask about popular student organizations and get a sense of the areas you’ll frequent. Knowing the ins and outs of campus as an admitted student leaves you far more prepared for when courses begin.
Don College Apparel
-It’s your time to celebrate, so dress for the occasion. Take plenty of pictures of you wearing your college gear and look for those who’ll be attending college close to you.