Having gone through college applications with two high school students in the past three years, here’s what we’ve been doing these days:
- Driving our high school sophomore to his homecoming date.
- Tailgating and watching UVA defeat Kent State with our third-year UVA student (aka: junior) during his frat’s fall parents weekend.
- Delivering cough drops and healthy snacks to our first-year UVA student (aka: freshman).
Here’s what we’ve not been doing:
- Paying much attention at all to college admissions deadlines and news.
We’re enjoying this hiatus. Even though Mod Squad Linc will take the PSAT next month and will start receiving college flyers and emails in January, there’ll be no college applications for him until the 2016-17 school year.
If you happened to subscribe to this blog looking for college admissions news for 2014-15, these sites may interest you:
Head Count: Admissions and enrollment news from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Most recent post: Applicants to Bennington College can ‘curate’ their applications
True Admissions: the blog from the College Admissions Book. Latest post by Christine VanDeVelde: De-stress the college application process.
The College Puzzle: a college success blog. Latest post by Michael Kirst: College competition for students may hurt low income students.
Prep and study help: Academic advice and study tips for the college-bound
Also, find admissions blogs at colleges of interest. I am most familiar with Notes from Peabody, written by UVADeanJ, who does an excellent job of providing clear information about the process and what the college needs. Look at colleges’ admissions websites for how they communicate.
A variety of posts on this blog from the past three years can still be helpful, and most are searchable by tags, from dealing with deadlines, to essays, financial aid, visits, and more. Please remember:
- Any post needs to be read with “As I understand it…” and “as of today” mentally tacked on.
- Almost any response to a college admissions question can [and should] begin with, “It depends…”