8 Things to do While Waiting for College Admissions Decisions

8 Things to do While Waiting for College Admissions Decisions | JLV College Counseling BlogWaiting for college admissions decisions can make you feel anxious. The time seems to move so slowly from the time you hit submit until you receive your decisions. It can make you feel a little crazy when you have so much anticipation for what is coming. Here are some things to do while you are waiting for decisions to come in.

Be confident.

After hitting that submit button, it’s very common for students to feel like they should have done something different on the application or essay. If you could go back in time and make the changes, you would. However, once the application has been submitted, you cannot make any changes. Therefore, it is important to not dwell on it. Be confident in what you submitted and know that if you are supposed to attend one of those colleges, you will receive an acceptance letter. As long as you had a well-balanced college list, you will have a college to attend in the future.

Watch your email and mail.

Admissions and financial aid offices may need more information before sending out decisions and financial aid awards. Therefore, make sure to check your email and open your mail to ensure you are not missing any communication from the colleges. If you don’t submit the requested information, you could lose your chance at admission and/or financial aid.

Apply for financial aid.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure to submit your FAFSA and other financial aid documents required by the colleges. If you need financial assistance to attend college, the majority of financial aid students receive comes from the government and the institutions. Therefore, students need to make sure they apply for financial aid.

Don’t annoy the admissions offices.

It is easy to become frustrated when you are waiting a month or more to receive admissions decisions. While it may seem the colleges can make decisions fairly quickly, students and parents must remember that thousands of applications are coming into the colleges. It takes time to make decisions and continually calling the admissions office will not make your decision come any quicker. Be patient with your admissions officers.

Search and apply for scholarships.

College applications took a lot of time to complete. Now that your applications have been submitted and you’re waiting, focus on scholarship applications. Everyone can use a little extra money to attend college and scholarships can help. Schedule some time each week to send in quality applications for scholarships you meet the edibility requirements.

Continue doing well in classes.

It’s easy to fall victim to seniorities. However, continue focusing on your studies to ensure that you finish your high school career strong.

Enjoy senior year activities.

With all of the stress of college admissions and figuring out how to pay for college, senior year is also a time of celebration. Take time to enjoy the senior year activities your school has to offer.

Stay positive.

Colleges have different timelines when it comes to sending out admissions decisions. If your friends have received decisions, but you have not, don’t stress. Your decisions will come, so don’t let it get you down and don’t start having a negative thought about your fate.

Waiting is not fun! However, receiving college decisions can take some time. Have patience and keep yourself busy. College decisions will be here soon!

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3 Comments on “8 Things to do While Waiting for College Admissions Decisions

  1. Hello Jessica Velasco-

    I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the awesome information that you share. It is much appreciated. I have a question and was wondering if you could give me your opinion. My daughter is a senior and has decided to attend our local community college (Central Alabama Community College in Alabama). Her plans are to move on to a 4-year college. Her GPA right now is about 2.9. She made a 23 on her ACT and is retaking it on Feb 11th. CACC offers an Academic Scholarship but the requirements are a 3.0 GPA. Do you think we should go ahead and apply for the Academic Scholarship?

    Thanks for your reply.

    Patricia Self, M.S.C. 334.580.7955


    • Hi Patricia. First, thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate it!

      I just looked up the Academic Scholarship at CACC. They require an unweighted 3.0 GPA that includes the 7th semester (first semester of senior year). I’m not sure of the timeline of your daughter’s school, but I know some schools have not sent out 7th semester grades yet. With a current 2.9 GPA, she would not qualify. But, if she did well this semester with the chance of increasing her cumulative GPA, wait until those grades are out. The deadline for this scholarship is March 1, so she has time. In addition, the cumulative GPA your daughter knows about may be a little different than the GPA the counselor will put on the scholarship application (sometimes they take out non-academic classes, take out classes that were retaken, etc.). Therefore, the best thing to do is to ask her school counselor after the seventh semester grades are released. The counselor is required to complete “Section II” of the application, so the counselor will able to to tell your daughter if she will qualify for the scholarship or not. Community colleges are very common for many students after graduation, so the school counselor is probably very familiar with the specific requirements of the scholarship.

      I hope this helps! I wish your daughter luck!

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