Decision Day: Students
You're going to college! Get ready for this new chapter by following the steps below.
❶ Decide where to attend college.► Compare financial aid award letters carefully. Use our Comparing Costs & Financial Aid worksheet or Google Doc.
► Think carefully and critically about the pros and cons for each school – consider size, academics, cost, extracurricular options and more. Use our Making Your College Decision worksheet or Google Doc.
► Many colleges require a confirmation and initial deposit on May 1.
► Celebrate your decision with family, friends and teachers! Use #OregonDD and #CollegeSigningDay on social media.
❷ Fill out forms and take tests.►Colleges will send information that you need to fill out by certain deadlines: accepting financial aid, loan paperwork, housing and meal plan forms if you’re living on campus, and registering for orientation and/or classes.
► Confirm with your school counselor the college you will attend so the school can send your final transcript.
► AP exams are coming up and community colleges often have placement tests, so check to see if you can take them now while the material is still fresh. Get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast on the day of the tests.
❸ Say thank you.► Send your appreciation to scholarship providers, counselors, teachers, coaches, family – anyone who has supported you in getting to college.
❹ Start thinking ahead.