This fall, major bugs in the Common Application software continue to bedevil high school seniors as they attempt to file their college applications. Although some colleges are now offering software alternatives, such as the Universal College Application, the Common App remains dominant for now.
That’s why it’s important for applicants to confirm that the entire form has been not only correctly submitted, but also received by each college.
Some students mistakenly believe they’ve completed the process before the application has actually been submitted. That’s because a misleading “receipt of payment” notice may seem to signify that the process is complete. It isn’t.
SOPHOMORES and JUNIORS: It’s not too early to start thinking about those initial college visits. In fact, the sooner you start, the more relaxed and enjoyable it will be. The spring of junior year is good. The spring or summer of sophomore year is better.
But which colleges should you look at? It pays to do some pondering, as well as some research before hitting the road for the classic college tour. There are thousands of schools out there—dozens of which might be good fits for you. No matter how early you start, you’ll never have time to see them all.
To save yourself and your family time, energy and money, I suggest you focus on colleges you have reason to believe may suit your needs. Here are seven key questions to consider before you start mapping those trips.