What to Do After You’ve Selected Your College

What should you do after you've chosen a college?

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You’ve received your acceptance letters and you’ve just chosen a college – Congratulations! Now what? These are some steps you should take in the next few weeks and months:

Let Your College Know

This is the most important step. In your excitement, don’t forget to let the college know you selected them! However, remember that most schools will not need a reply until April or May 1st. If you’re not 100% sure or still on the fence, you absolutely have time to think about which school is best for you. Don’t rush into a decision.

Send In The Appropriate Paperwork

Your college will most likely require paperwork and a few other pieces of information when you accept their offer. They will usually ask for a letter of acceptance, financial aid information (not all schools need this), and a deposit. The school may ask for additional forms or info, so make sure everything is sent in well ahead of the deadline.

Let Other Schools Know

You were most likely accepted into other schools. It’s not required, but it is considered polite to let them know you’ve chosen a college. Thank them for the opportunity and inform them of your decision. Letters can be sent to the admission department.

Select an Orientation Date

Almost all colleges have an orientation for incoming freshmen. If you can select your orientation date already, make sure you do that as early as possible. Many of the most desired dates will be filled quickly, so you want to ensure you get a time that works for you.

Start Planning

You don’t have to start planning ahead just at the moment, but it’s never too early to start! You probably should start thinking about what you want to bring to college with you (don’t bring too much or too little) and even looking at courses you may want to take (or be required to take). If you’re on social media, you can also like and follow your new college on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other profiles. This will help you stay up to date on important dates, including freshman move-in date, open houses, and any events that may take place on campus in the coming weeks.


You got accepted and you selected your college! It’s time to celebrate and treat yourself. Whether with your family, friends, or both, make sure to commemorate this step in your life! You can go out to dinner, go away for the weekend, head to an amusement park, or whatever floats your boat. It’s your time.

The scary part is over. No more waiting for acceptance letters from your choices. Now’s the time for looking ahead and planning for the future! Just make sure you take care of everything that needs to be taken care of and pay close attention to deadlines, orientation dates, and others must-know freshman information. Then you can take time for yourself and celebrate with your family and friends.

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