HomeEducationWhy It’s Important To Prep For College Early EditorS May 10, 2016 Education Many students don’t prep for college early enough. Indeed, it is critical that you give yourself enough time to not only apply, but also gear up for applying, which involves doing student tours, studying for your SATs and more. When it comes down to it, the earlier you apply to college, the better off you will be. Many colleges have a lot of competition, so you if you don’t get your application in on time, you may have to wait a semester, or even a year. If you aren’t ready for a gap year, you’ll certainly want to prep for college as early as possible. Here are some reasons why it’s important to prep for college early. Increase Your Chances of Getting into Your College of Choice Many colleges, especially your top colleges, are quite in demand. If that is the case, you could be competing with a lot of other potential students. If your application, and essay, makes to the top of the heap first, there is a chance it will be reviewed first, which is always better than it being reviewed last. Find Creative Ways to Fund Your Collegiate Career The more time you prepare; the more time you have to figure out how to afford college. Of course, there is college aid, but you also want to maintain a savings account and other financial tools to ensure that you have the capital ready for overhead, tuition and a whole host of other costs that you will be responsible for when you are a college student. Smooth Out the Transition into College Life College life can be stressful, daunting and startlingly new. Whereas before you were having your clothes cleaned at home, now you will have to do your own laundry. Whereas before you had your lifelong childhood friend, now you will have to make new friends. The longer you have to prepare; the sooner you will be ready. Many college students who wait until the last minute and then attend the first school that they get into find themselves incredibly homesick, which is something you don’t want to happen, because it could get in the way of your school work. Lower Your Stress Levels as You Get Down to the Wire When you wait until the last minute, your stress levels could go through the roof. As you are studying for finals and making plans for the end of the school year – your last year in high school – you will be quite busy. The last thing you want to deal with is applying for colleges. It can help to focus on your finals and let the application letters return with the typical acceptances and rejections. Spend More Time Learning About Colleges On top of everything, you’ll want to learn all about various colleges that you apply to – from Northeastern University to Bard. You don’t want to go blind into a university and realize that you don’t appreciate a professor or don’t like the dorms. In the end, prepping for college early will you give you the necessary leeway to learn all there is about various colleges.