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C2 Education Shares Steps to Succeed with College Admissions

Tutoring experts say high school students should follow this timeline to attend the college of their dreams

San Diego County CA— Throughout November and December, high school students are a-flurry finalizing college applications, taking test prep courses and requesting letters of recommendation. To ease the minds of soon-to-be college students, C2 Education, a tutoring and mentoring service, offers tips to make the college admissions process as simple as possible.

WHY: To avoid the stress that comes with the educational milestone of applying to colleges, students must understand the timeline and the preparation — which begins long before sending in the first application.

Tips for throughout high school

  • Maintain a rigorous class schedule
  • Keep grades up
  • Don’t overlook extracurricular activities

Tips for junior year

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT
  • Start SAT and/or ACT prep
  • Research options
  • Visit schools
  • Register for and take the SAT and/or ACT
  • Register for and take a handful of SAT Subject Tests
  • Prepare for and take AP exams
  • Narrow down list of colleges

Tips for senior year

  • Identify teachers for recommendations
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT again
  • Revise college application essays
  • Follow college application plan
  • If needed, submit CSS Profile
  • Submit any remaining college applications
  • Complete and submit the FAFSA and any school-based financial aid forms
  • Play the waiting game
  • Compare financial aid packages from the schools where you received admission
  • Pick your school
  • Take AP exams
  • Maintain your grades
  • Pay attention to deadlines

Click here for more detailed tips on college admissions.

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