First things first! Application season is right around the corner. Junior year is the time to get ready because the sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll hear from us! Here’s the most important stuff you need to know.
How to be a more competitive applicant
Want to stand out when you apply to college? Well, you're in luck, because the Office of Admissions is here to share some tips on how to be the most competitive applicant possible.
Top seven tips for juniors
- Make a list of your “must haves” for a college—think major, size, etc. Then, use websites like Cappex to find schools that have what you want.
- Develop your short list. Visit college websites, collect materials at college fairs, and check out social media.
- Join the mailing list for any school that interests you. It’s a great way to keep up with deadlines and campus news.
- Take a virtual tour. Visit any time you want—day or night.
- Schedule your visit. There is no substitute for the real thing, so make the most of it.
- Take the SAT and/or ACT. Most schools superscore, so send all your scores to the colleges that interest you.
- Know the cost. Start researching costs and learn how to apply for financial aid (the FAFSA is available October 1 of your senior year).
Top six things to do when visiting a college campus
- Take a formal tour. They are usually led by a student and you'll see the most important parts of campus.
- Stop by the admissions office if you have more questions. The IU Office of Admissions offers appointments with admissions counselors who love giving important information to students.
- Attend an academic information session if available. You'll gain insight into career possibilities and classes you might take as a college student.
- Check out a residence hall. It will be your new home and the place you’ll meet your first college friends.
- Eat a meal on campus. Make sure there’s a variety of food that you like to eat and that it tastes good!
- Talk to current students. There’s no better way to find out if you belong on campus than by asking real students about their experiences.