By Dr. Gina La Monica
This past month, many students received the status of their college admission applications. Some students were lucky to be accepted or waitlisted at their first choice colleges while others were rejected. If you were waitlisted at your college of choice, be sure to follow up with that college to find out what the next steps are in the admission process. Some colleges like the UCs ask for a follow up essay of 200 words detailing again why you want to attend this school. Make sure your follow up essay specifically addresses why this college is your number one choice detailing how it relates to your major and career path. Colleges do not want to accept students who are undecided. While you wait to hear from your waitlisted college, make sure you start the admission process for your second choice school that you received acceptance to. The most important item to submit is a deposit for your housing, otherwise, you might end of at the worst housing facility or no housing at all. Be aware that this housing deposit is often nonrefundable. For many parents, this is a difficult decision to make, but it is well worth it to ensure your child has suitable housing arrangements for the coming year.
For fall 2016, the colleges who received the most applications in the nation were UCLA – 92,728, UC Berkeley – 78,924, UCSD- 78,056, UC Irvine – 71,768, and UCSB – 70,444.
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