Parents’ Guide to College Requirements
Make sure nearly two decades of advice weren’t in vain by best preparing yourself for the long list of requirements necessary to get your child into college.
Many colleges request a resume with every application because it puts all of a student’s honors, achievements and interests on one easy-to-read page. Does your child have one? If not, help them create one sooner than later, as it will give you a better idea what your child will need to work on to be an attractive candidate for admission.
The saying goes that if you’re early, you’re on time and if you’re on time, you’re late. This should be your mantra when it comes to college deadlines. Often, the earlier your child applies, the better off they’ll be but don’t let them cut it too close…and whatever you do, don’t let them be LATE late.
The essay is a huge part of a student’s college application so you should do everything in your power to ensure your child’s is professional and eloquent, right? It depends on what your definition of “everything in your power” is. If you feel the need to edit and rewrite every word your child has written because you think it’s what the admissions committee would want to see, then slowly step away from the application.
Any parent helping their child through the admissions process has no doubt heard these three terms discussed. They sound easy enough to understand so does it matter which one your child applies for? Absolutely! Being early is usually a good thing, but sometimes being on time can be even better, depending on the situation; college admissions are no different. Students who apply early sometimes have better chances of acceptance than they would through the regular admission process but if a student is unsure that a particular school is the educational end-all, be-all for them, regular decision may be a better bet.