NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – For a lot of high school students, college applications are in. Two million students applied for college this year, and for many waiting to hear back, it can be a time filled with nerves and anxiety.
Constantly checking your mailbox looking for that big envelope, or clicking the refresh button on your browser. No matter how you do it, waiting to hear back from college can take a long time, and it can be scary.
“It was pretty torturing, knowing that I only applied to one, that was like my one hope,” said Kristina Derouin, a senior at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.
Many students have their hearts set on a dream school. However, this year many announced record low acceptance rates. One thing you can do to increase you’re chances: Start early.
“We want to make sure they’re not going to miss any opportunities that they might have. In terms of funding financial aid, the sooner is better. The money shrinks as you go down later in the process,” said Max Weider, a guidance counselor at SVHS.
If you get waitlisted, the National Association for College Admission Counseling says on average only 25% of waitlisted students end up getting accepted.
When the acceptance letters start rolling in and you finally make that decision as to which college you want to go to, UMass students say it’s one of the best moments of their life.
“I love the campus, I love everyone here I love the size. I love everything about it. I love my professors so it definitely worked out in the long run for me,” said UMass sophomore Molly Santosusso.
After you do get accepted, keep those grades up. Colleges have the right to revoke admission if they see you slipping up. Also, make sure you apply for financial aid. You can do that through FAFSA, the federal student aid program, and through schools directly.