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It’s never too early to start thinking about college. For high school juniors, now is the perfect time to start planning for the next chapter in life. Starting the college search process — and ultimately making a college decision — is a big step, but the benefits of starting now are evident.

Students who make an informed college decision early are able to get a jump-start at exploring and earning financial aid. Not to mention that the earlier a student enrolls, the easier it is to pick a prime orientation date and housing option. By making an early decision, students are able to enjoy their senior year, creating new memories and setting new goals, while resting assured that a successful future is ahead.

Here are just five ways juniors can start preparing for college now:

  1. ATTEND COLLEGE FAIRS AND VISIT COLLEGE CAMPUSES.
Junior year is the perfect time to get to know colleges and universities, so students can learn what they might like or dislike. At OC, students are able to schedule personalized in-person or virtual campus visits, ensuring they get to check out programs, teams or activities of interest. There are even group-visit days during the spring. Regardless of how a student chooses to visit Olivet, they’re sure to learn about how nearly every student receives a form of financial aid.
  1. STUDY FOR THE SAT.

It may seem like a daunting task, but SAT scores are an essential part of most college applications. Taking the time to study now will help students feel confident and avoid stress. Although Olivet College is a test-optional institution, we understand the commitment students make to doing well.

  1. PREPARE FOR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS.

Speaking of college applications, it’s a great idea for students to research the materials needed to apply for college. In addition to test scores scores, many applications require an essay or answers to other questions from the student. High school transcripts are also needed. While it might seem like a lot, the Olivet College Admission Team is happy to provide one-on-one assistance to students anytime, from the day a student visits, through their application, deposit, enrollment and graduation.

  1. ASK FOR LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION.

While not always necessary, letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches or mentors can be a great resource on college applications.

  1. MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION.

Most importantly, ensure you do research into colleges/universities you may be interested in and their requirements without rushing to make the life-changing decision. It’s important to find the right fit, and the best way for students to do so is by taking their time and getting as much information as possible.

The official Olivet College application for the fall of 2022 will open on July 1, 2021. We are excited to help you with the application process and with scheduling a visit in the coming weeks. Learn more by contacting the Office of Admission at 269-749-7635 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.

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