The 2018-19 application cycle has begun with the launch of the Coalition Application in July and the Common App on August 1. If you created a Common App profile before that date, your information is stored, but if you invited recommenders you’ll have to re-invite them. When you look at the colleges on your list you’ll now see their questions for the new cycle, so you can also start organizing your master list of requirements for Common App schools.
My best advice is to use these last weeks before school starts to work on essays. (For one-on-one guidance, contact me for an appointment.) You may also want to make some campus visits. Compare your school’s start date with the beginning of the term at the college you’re touring and see if you’ll be able to sit in on a class; the admissions office can usually arrange this for you with advance notice. Many campuses also offer interviews, which might be evaluative, meaning that the interviewer has input into the admission decision. But even if it’s simply informational, an interview can help you determine whether the college is a good fit and might count in your favor as a way to demonstrate interest in the school.
For more advice, check out my consulting packages and save the date for my September 20th event, College Admissions: A Road Map for 11th and 12 Grade Students, at 6:30 pm at the Hill Center. Online registration will be coming soon, or you can email me to RSVP.