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Decided on a College? Here’s What’s Next

On May 1, millions of students decided which college they would attend. While May 1 marks a big milestone in the application process, experts say what you do after deciding on a college is equally important. US News recently spoke to experts on what steps each and every student should take after making the big decision.


The first step students should take after deciding on a college is to decline other college offers. Be sure to read the fine print of each offer, as some schools may require an online form and others may be declined via email.

“Hopefully declining will provide an opportunity for someone else who might be on a waitlist and who really wants to go to that school,” John Durante, principal of Syosset High School in New York and host of The College Admissions Process Podcast, tells US News.


After you enroll in your new college, you should get instructions on how to set up your new college email address. Once you’re all set up, experts recommend checking your inbox for important welcome information.

“Every incoming student receives a college email account shortly after committing, which they will use until graduation to communicate with classmates and faculty members,” Sarah Wood, a reporter at US News, says. “But even before move-in day, colleges use that email to remind new students of deadlines and to share information, like roommate assignments or orientation dates.”


Most schools will require freshmen to fill out a questionnaire on their living habits and preferences in order to match them with a roommate. Experts stress the importance of answering these questions truthfully.

“Don’t think about someone who would be fun to live with, but think realistically about yourself and about the person that you would like to share a space with,” Jennifer Sullivan, founder of Fast Forward College Coaching and author of books on the transition to college, tells US News.


While orientation will provide an open environment to meet other students, you’ll have many more opportunities to connect with your fellow peers. Experts say connections are one of the most valuable aspects of the college experience.

“Connect with other students on your floor or in your classes and join a club on campus,” Jed Applerouth, of Applerouth test prep, says. “It doesn’t matter if you don’t stick with that particular club for more than a semester or two; it’s a beginning. Having some other students you know and interact with regularly will help you feel more connected.”

Sources: US News, Applerouth

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