Complete all the paperwork and prepare for the transition to college.
Fill out forms
Colleges will send information that you need to fill out by certain deadlines. This may include:
- accepting financial aid and loan paperwork
- housing and meal plan forms if you’re living on campus
- registering for orientation and/or classes
Some colleges have placement tests to determine what level courses you can take. Try to take them as soon as possible so the material is still fresh.
Send final transcripts and scores
Let your high school know where you will attend college so they can send your final transcript. If you took college credit in high school you may need to order transcripts from the college(s) as well.
AP scores will be available online in July. You can send scores to a different college than you indicated on the test for a fee.
Say thank you
Send your appreciation to anyone who has supported you in getting to college. This may include scholarship providers, counselors, teachers, and family.
Orientation may be during the summer or right before classes start. Don’t miss it! This may be when you register for classes and take placement tests if you haven’t already. You can also learn your way around the campus and meet other first-year students.
Learn how to be successful in college
Get ready to be independent
Make a list of what you need to bring or buy for college. If you will live on campus, connect with your roommate(s) to coordinate supplies.
Figure out your banking and financial needs.