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It’s never too early to start thinking about college, and 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. In addition, the earlier a student enrolls, the easier it is to pick a prime orientation date and housing option. Further, 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, helping students learn what they might like or dislike. At OC, students are able to schedule personalized campus visits, ensuring they get to check out programs, teams or activities of interest. In addition, there are many unique visit days this spring, and 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.

Plus, OC will be attending several college fairs in the coming months. Stay tuned to learn more!

2. 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.

3. 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 SAT scores, many apps require an essay or other questions about the student. High school transcripts are also needed. While it might seem like a lot, the Olivet College admissions 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. 

4. 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.

5. Make an informed decision.

Most importantly, beginning the college decision process now will ensure a student has adequate time 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.

Olivet College offers a rolling admissions deadline and welcomes students to campus every month of the year, meaning a student can apply or visit at any time! Learn more by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800.465.7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.

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