If you just finished your junior year of high school, the summer is great time to start on college applications. During the summer, you can research colleges online, visit campuses, start writing your statement of purpose (why you should be accepted), take SAT courses, send school transcripts and Letters of Recommendation (LORs). Getschooled.com describes LORs and discusses the best people to ask for them. If possible, ask during the summer. This gives teacher or professional time to write a recommendation, before they receive numerous requests during the school year.
As soon as senior year begins, get an early start on applying to college. There’s so much to plan for during that year: Prom, school activities, sports events and having time with friends. If possible, apply for early admission. Applying for early admission or by September or October will give the best chance of getting into the school you want.
Preparing for college will only take a few hours. You can still have fun this summer and be ahead of the game. You may even receive an acceptance letter from your dream school by the end of the year.