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January Application Deadlines

With the end of the year approaching, Williams Educational Consultants wants to remind all high school seniors to submit their applications before January 1st! There are many schools with a January 1st Deadline, but one that is extremely popular for regular decision is the University of Georgia!

The Importance of January Deadlines

January deadlines carry significant weight in the world of college admissions. Many colleges and universities set this month as the cutoff for regular decision applications. For those who missed the earlier rounds of Early Action or Early Decision deadlines, 

Finalizing Your Applications

For students racing to meet these deadlines, time management becomes paramount. Finalizing essays, gathering recommendation letters, and ensuring all required documents are in order can be daunting. However, staying organized and maintaining a checklist can streamline the process, reducing stress and minimizing the risk of missing essential components.

Reminders for Seniors

If you have applied for either regular decision or early action, you need to know which schools require your mid-year grades. Please be sure to check your application portals for further information. 

Secondly, if you have applied early action to a school and have received a deferral letter, please be sure to check to see if you need to submit updated scores, grades, letters of recommendation, etc. 

Most schools that defer students want to see students' 1st-semester grades and possibly items like a new recommendation letter or an additional essay. If you have received a deferral and it is your first choice, take this time to communicate with your admissions officer to reiterate how much you love their school. Also, be sure to inform them of any new accolades or excellent grades you have received. Demonstrating your interest and showing your greatness is always a good thing!

Here's a checklist of essential materials you might need:

Application Components:

  1. Application Form: Complete and review your application form for accuracy.

  2. Essays/Personal Statements: Ensure your essays are polished, authentic, and reflect your voice.

  3. Transcripts: Request official transcripts from your high school to be sent to the colleges.

  4. Test Scores: Send official SAT/ACT scores directly from the testing agency, if required.

  5. Recommendation Letters: Obtain letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors.

  6. Resume/CV: Highlight your extracurricular activities, achievements, and experiences.

Financial Aid (if applicable):

  1. FAFSA: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you're applying for financial aid.

  2. CSS Profile: Some schools require the CSS Profile for additional financial aid consideration.

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