Accepted to College
You have been accepted into college! Congratulations!
What to do after getting accepted to college:
- Formally accept your admissions offer. Follow the instructions on your acceptance letter, email, or admissions portal. Make sure to accept no later than May 1 (National College Acceptance Day)
- Decline other offers of admission.
Colleges want to know if you won’t be attending so they can offer your spot to another student. This can be as easy as clicking a box on the admissions website or emailing the admissions office.
- Set up your college email account. Once set up, use it for all your college communications.
- Apply for housing. Decide if you will be living in a dorm or off-campus housing. Not all schools allow freshmen to live off campus.
- Check for college/campus specific scholarships and apply. Pay attention to deadlines.
- Carefully review your admissions and financial aid offers from each college who has extended an acceptance. Make sure the information in the admissions offer is correct. For example, have you been accepted to the term (fall, spring, or summer), campus, and academic department or program you expected?
- If you received financial aid, make sure you understand the terms of any loan or scholarship you are accepting and that you understand how much you and your family will be paying out of your own pockets. See these tips for evaluating a financial aid offer and negotiating for more financial aid.
- Follow your college on social media.
Join the Facebook group and Instagram account for your freshman class. Also follow the social media accounts of the admissions office and relevant academic departments and clubs so you don’t miss important announcements or events. Tell your parents to join the parents Facebook group for the college.
- Submit required health documents. Many schools will ask for your immunization record and a signed medical history form.
- Ask your high school to send your final transcript to the college.
Request your final transcript by the due date. Don’t let your grades slip. Deciding that you've worked hard enough for 3 1/2 years and coasting in the second semester of your senior year could get your college acceptance revoked. It's not common, but it does happen.
- AICE grade transcript to the college.
Request a transcript of your AICE scores to be sent directly to the college.
- AP scores report.
Request your AP Scores Report to be sent directly to the college by the deadline.
- If you participated in Dual Enrollment, request official transcripts to the college.
- Register and attend freshman orientation.
Even though orientation might consist of one or more virtual events, you might still need to sign up to reserve your spot. Usually you are assigned an advisor after orientation.
- Meet with advisor to go over the college mapping for your major. Find out what classes you may have taken at Boca High or Dual Enrollment that transfer to your college.
- Register for any placement tests, if required. Also, be sure to complete any assignments from your college that you might receive. (Example: math placement test, chemistry placement test, etc).
- Register for classes.
- Purchase parking pass (if applicable).
- Familiarize yourself with critical resources: campus move-in process (if living on-campus), apply for accommodations, review course syllabi. Know where you can find tutoring assistance, the writing lab, photocopying services, campus safety patrols/apps, etc.
- Get student ID.
- Purchase textbooks.
- Have a great first year! Enjoy your time and make both yourself and your family proud.
College Packing Checklists
Both over and under packing are a worry for most new students, but this list will show you exactly what to bring to college. The following list is only general College Packing Checklist to give you ideas of what you may want/need at college.