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It's college ap­pli­ca­tion season!

Founder/Senior Editor
B.A., M.Div.
Jeremy Alder has spent over a decade researching and writing about higher education to provided students with the information they need to achieve their goals. He has significant personal experience with career transitions, working as a freelance writer and editor, non-profit director, community organizer, preacher, teacher, retail manager, and carpenter prior to founding College Consensus. Homeschooled from the second grade, Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A., Philosophy) and Duke University Divinity School (M.Div.). He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, five kids, and a Labradoodle named Hank.

Early decision applications for most universities are due in November. That’s just two weeks away! But don’t panic. Whether you’re a parent or a student, College Consensus is here to provide you with everything you need to make sure you’re on-time and on-point.

College application season can be a daunting and stressful time, but it’s also an exciting journey filled with opportunities for self-discovery and growth. As you embark on this path, remember that you are more than just a collection of grades, test scores, and achievements. You are a unique individual with talents, dreams, and aspirations.

First and foremost, believe in yourself. You’ve come a long way to reach this point, and you’ve already overcome numerous challenges and obstacles. Your experiences have shaped you into the person you are today, and your story is worth telling. Embrace your strengths, acknowledge your weaknesses, and remember that imperfections are what make you human and relatable.

Stay true to your passions and interests. Pursue the fields of study and extracurricular activities that genuinely ignite your curiosity and enthusiasm. Authenticity shines through in your application, and admissions committees appreciate students who are passionate about their chosen path.

Don’t be discouraged by rejection or setbacks. College admissions can be competitive, and not every door will open. Rejections are not a reflection of your worth or potential. They simply mean that there is another path, another opportunity that’s the perfect fit for you. Keep your chin up and move forward with determination.

Reach out for support when needed. Your teachers, counselors, and family are there to guide and support you. Don’t hesitate to ask for help or advice along the way. They are invested in your success. You might also consider utilizing a college admissions consultant to help make your application as competitive as possible.

Lastly, remember that your worth is not defined by the name of the college that accepts you. What truly matters is how you make the most of your educational journey, wherever it may lead. College is a stepping stone to a bright future, and your determination and passion will ensure that your path is a successful one. Embrace this season with confidence and positivity, and you’ll find that it’s not just about getting into college but about the exciting adventure that lies ahead.

Good luck!