After Hitting “Submit”
Once you hit the official application submit button, take a deep breath and congratulate yourself. It is a huge relief to finish the application process. However, keep in mind the next steps will be equally important for a smooth transition to college.
Things to work on while you wait for your admission:
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA/Dream Act application by March 2nd; Scholarships).
- Set up your portal for each campus you applied to, check the portals and email consistently.
- Be prepared to submit requested additional information in a timely manner.
- Visit as many of your applied schools as possible: research and gather information regarding housing options, explore the college community, talk to current students if possible, etc.
Things to work on after you receive your admission:
- Submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by specific deadlines.
- Apply for housing, have a plan for the housing deposit.
- Sign up for and attend orientation and advising.
- Review financial aid award letter.
- Contact the financial aid office to find out if there is any other financial aid available. Be assertive with financial aid and don’t be afraid to negotiate.
- Make summer plans, including participating in summer programs, such as Summer Bridge-type experiences, and taking courses at a California Community College that are transferrable to the college campus you will be attending.
Other things to consider after hitting “Submit”:
- Contact current college students for informational interviews in person or via social media.
- Find out if anyone from your high school has attended or is attending the campuses you applied to. Network!
- Explore the college campus websites to find out what resources are available in the summer and during the school year.
- Research housing options and decide what kind of environment you would like to live in (for example, certain dorms are co-ed while other dorms offer theme floors).
- Determine your meal options with housing.