You Got Accepted to Your #1 College! Now What?

You (finally) got into your dream college. Now what? Here's a to-do list to tackle after you enroll at your future college or university.

Congratulations! You just got into the college of your dreams (or your budget) and have paid your deposit. Now you don’t have to stress anymore—relax, breathe easy, and…oh, wait. There’s still an overwhelming number of things that need to be done before you get to campus. But where do you start? Don't worry. We have a good list of things to start with. You don't have to rush into it too soon because you should take the time to celebrate your accomplishment. But when you're ready, here are your next steps.

Keep up the good work

For starters, keep studying! Colleges really do look at your final transcript and take it into heavy consideration, especially if you were offered any merit-based scholarships. If you let senioritis take over and your grades slip, it could result in a lot of financial stress. So just because you've been accepted into your dream college, it doesn't mean it's time to slack. Finish up strong and prove to your new school (and yourself) that you deserve that spot beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Related: Video: 3 Tips to Avoid Senioritis

Apply, apply, apply (for scholarships)

Speaking of financial stress…scholarships! Now that you got into your dream school, this opens a whole new category of school-specific scholarships. Don’t just limit your search to the college’s website—get in touch with your major’s program director. They might have information on scholarships you can apply for or put some sophomore, junior, and senior year scholarships on your radar. Also, keep tabs on scholarship websites such as CollegeXpress.com. Scholarships have deadlines that go well into the summer, so it’s never too late to get started!

Shop ’til you drop

Start buying your off-to-school essentials now! In most cases, going to college means living in a dorm, which means you need to stock up on necessities. This includes bigger things like a minifridge and a microwave plus smaller things like a comforter and desk essentials. If you spread out your purchases over the next few months, it saves the stress of one ginormous and expensive shopping spree. But make sure you check with your roommate and your college’s residence life office before buying big-ticket items—some things may already be supplied or aren’t allowed in your room (which can save yourself some money).

Related: 10 Things You Should NOT Bring to College

Connect with your roomie

If you don’t already have one, start looking for a roommate now! The earlier you start connecting, the better the relationship you’ll have with your roomie when you finally get to your dorm. Some schools have Facebook groups, or some use a separate system where you set up an account or use a private messaging system organized by the school. It’s super important when looking for a roommate that you are completely honest with yourself. Everyone says they’re super neat, but come on: How often do you really clean your room? How would you feel if your roommate promised they would be clean, then don’t pick up their laundry for three months? Being upfront with those kinds of things will make your future living situation a whole lot better.

Research your new home

Become familiar with the area you’re going to live in. Look for safe ways to and from the dorms, find recreational activities that are popular in the surrounding town, and research the weather. If you go to a school that normally has hot and humid weather, you don’t want to be stuck with just sweaters when you pack for college.

Related: Accepted: How to Find Your Place on Your College Campus

You got into your dream school. Again, congratulations! Now is the time to celebrate your major accomplishment with your family and friends—and then tackle this to-do list. Getting accepted into college is just the beginning of the incredible journey you're about to embark on. Things may slow down for a little while but get ready for it to ramp back up. And good luck on your college adventure!

Start getting ready for college life with the advice in our Student Life section!

Like what you’re reading?

Join the CollegeXpress community! Create a free account and we’ll notify you about new articles, scholarship deadlines, and more.

Join Now

Tags:

About Zia Sampson

Zia Sampson

I am currently a first-year student at Loyola University New Orleans, where I'm majoring in Mass Communications, both Strategic Communications and Journalism, and minoring in Sociology. I'm in the University Honors Program and the Social Justice Scholars Program. In my free time, I like to watch Netflix, sleep, and read. I am a big animal lover, with four cats and two dogs, and I have two older brothers and a twin sister. You can follow me on Twitter @ZiaSampson.

 

Join our community of
over 5 million students!

CollegeXpress has everything you need to simplify your college search, get connected to schools, and find your perfect fit.

Join CollegeXpress
Bri'Yana Brown-Dunn

Bri'Yana Brown-Dunn

High School Class of 2022

CollegeXpress helped me gain interest in many colleges/universities and many scholarships. I would say the most helpful thing CollegeXpress has done for me is sending me emails that tell me certain types of colleges are interested in me as well as emails about scholarships that I can look at and possibly apply for.

Nazira Abdelkhalek

Nazira Abdelkhalek

$2,000 Community Service Scholarship Winner, 2014

I am very honored to be this year’s recipient of the Multicultural Student Community Service Scholarship! This scholarship is vital to helping me achieve and fulfill my dreams, and gives me confidence and motivation as I begin my college career. The CollegeXpress website has been invaluable over the past year as I planned my educational and professional goals. I highly recommend it to all students as they begin to focus on their college and career interests. The website is a wonderful guide to schools and scholarships.

Farrah Macci

Farrah Macci

High School Class of 2016

CollegeXpress has helped me in many ways. For one, online searches are more organized and refined by filtering scholarships through by my personal and academic interests. Due to this, it has made searching for colleges and scholarships significantly less stressful. As a student, life can already get stressful pretty quickly. For me, it’s been helpful to utilize CollegeXpress since it keeps all of my searches and likes together, so I don’t have to branch out on multiple websites just to explore scholarship options.

Yuhlani Patterson

Yuhlani Patterson

High School Student

CollegeXpress has helped me find so many scholarships that fit me. They match me to colleges I have specific interest in to make searching for colleges way easier and more efficient. CollegeXpress refers me to schools that have my major of interest and backup schools if I want to change my mind. CollegeXpress also gives out their own scholarships, so you have even more of a chance at gaining multiple scholarships. This website has helped me de-stress from the pressure of not being able to afford college, [of finding] what schools are right for me, and how to find easy access to scholarships that most people never knew existed.

Carlie Cadet

Carlie Cadet

High School Class of 2019

CollegeXpress has helped me learn about an abundance of scholarships available to me and my situation. I was able to do research for colleges in my best interest with your website. I've had multiple colleges email me and offer me multiple scholarships and things of that nature because of this website! Thank you so much for uploading scholarships I didn’t even know existed, even if my life took a huge turn and I wasn’t able to go to college straight out of high school. CollegeXpress helped me a lot in high school to be even more motivated to get into my dream college (which I did, by the way). I'm looking forward to using the materials CollegeXpress has kindly provided me for free to look for scholarships to help pay for college.

College Matches
X

Colleges You May Be Interested In

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ