6 Things to Do Before Applying to College


Heading to college can be one of the most exciting times of your life. You’ll make new friends, generate your own career path, and learn more about yourself all at the same time. However, before you start your journey, there are some steps that you need to take first. It’s not like you can just walk in and start right away!

In this article, we are going to discuss six things that you should do before applying to college. Let’s get started!

Research your options

The very first thing you need to do before anything is to start researching what colleges are out there. With over 5000 in the US alone, there are plenty of options to choose from. However, it would be best if you thought about a couple of things first. These include knowing where you want to study (either abroad, interstate, or close to home, etc.) and what you want to learn. Specific schools may have better programs to suit your desired career.

Tour different schools

Once you have narrowed down to a few different choices, take every opportunity you can to tour different schools. This might even mean going on a road trip so you can check out the options that may not be in your state. It may seem like a lot of work, but it will help you narrow down your selection further so that you can begin the application process. Not everyone wants to attend a campus that they have never seen before.

Prepare for your application

The college admissions process can be stressful, so make sure you spend some time preparing for your application. It can even be worthwhile seeking assistance from a consulting group so you get the best chance possible of being accepted into your dream school. Always remember, practice makes perfect!

Do some test prep

As much as studying can be annoying, it’s still a good idea to prepare for any standardized tests that you will be taking. There are many great tools out there that can help, and you’ll feel way more confident. Here are a few of our favorites that are all free:

  • Quizlet – Generates flashcards, quizzes, games, and practice tests to help you learn.
  • Schooltraq – Perfect for keeping track of your assignments and important tests.
  • Grammarly – Can help improve your writing and offers excellent suggestions.
  • StudyBlue – Allows students to connect with each other.

You can find some other great study planning apps here.

Save extra cash

Once you start college, you’re going to need money to fund your expenses. The fact is, college life can be challenging, and saving up some cash in advance can make a world of difference. Not only will it help with fees, but you’ll be able to enjoy luxuries here and there rather than living off the bare minimum.

Spend time with your family and friends 

Lastly, the most important thing you need to do before starting your applications is to make sure that you spend time with your family and friends. Before you know it, you’ll be leaving the nest! So take time out to appreciate your loved ones and show them how much you care.

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