According to a recent Kaplan Test Prep Survey, school may be out for summer, but rising high school seniors plan to spend vacation months becoming stronger college applicants.
Also in spite of the most competitive admissions cycle in years, students feel confident about their prospects of getting into top college choices. Under the backdrop of the most competitive college admissions environment in years, with many of country’s top schools reporting record low acceptance rates, members of the class of 2012 are taking time this summer to become stronger and better informed applicants, according to a new Kaplan Test Prep survey. Among the survey’s key findings:
Reaching Colleges Online 73 % reported they will research colleges online during summer vacation, a convenient way to find and process much of the important information they will need about a school, from everything including how high they need to score on the SAT® or ACT®, to how strong the athletics program is. Different students have different abilities, needs and interests.
To get the most realistic feel as possible, 71% plan to visit a college campus in person. If an applicant is unable to personally visit, they should check if a virtual tour is available on the college’s official website or Facebook page. According to Kaplan’s most recent survey of college admissions officers, 82% say they recruit students on Facebook, demonstrating that they view this median as a good way to communicate with prospective students.
While not nearly as important as standardized test scores, an applicant’s extracurricular activities, work experience, and personal biography play key roles in the admissions process. With that in mind, 67% of students reported that they will volunteer over the summer and 63% said they planned to work.
To keep building their GPA and overall knowledge, 21% said they planned to take an enrichment course. This may also help them do well on AP exams senior year, which may in turn translate into college credit and shave off a semester’s worth of tuition.
“Because the upcoming college admissions cycle promises to be just about as competitive as this past one, it’s important that students do the right things this summer to be as prepared and savvy as possible, from understanding what their ‘must-haves’ are, to putting together a compelling application that will improve their overall chances of getting in,” said Kate Froseth, executive director of K12 and college prep programs, Kaplan Test Prep.
Other findings from the survey:
Feeling Confident:86% of students expressed confidence that they’d get into their top college choices. Students also feel positively about the admissions chances of their friends, with 88% saying they are confident they will get into their top college choices.
A Successful Junior Year: 86% of students said they were satisfied with their academic performance this past school year; a nearly identical 84% said their parents were also satisfied.
Catching Up on Some Good Books: 45% of students plan to read at least five books for pleasure over summer vacation, including 18% who plan to read more than 10.
To learn more about Kaplan’s survey, please contact Russell Schaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.453.7538.