After Hitting “Submit”

Getting to College

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.