Whether you are just starting to look at colleges or you are planning on starting in the fall, making the transition to college can be a whirlwind. With so many things to make sure you have taken care of, things can get a bit confusing. We met with the admissions counselors here at GWU to get their insider tips and tricks on what to do before you arrive!
Stay in Touch: Your admissions counselor is someone who will be there to guide you through the Admissions and Enrollment process at Gardner-Webb. While the phone calls may be endless at times, it is important to remain in contact with them, because trying to do all of these things without their guidance can be difficult. By staying in touch, you set yourself up for success when it comes to getting everything done. Your counselor will provide you with a checklist and reminders to make sure that you stay on top of each task you need to complete before your first semester begins.
FAFSA: If there is one thing you’ll hear repeatedly during your time in college it will be, “Have you completed your FAFSA?” For those of you who are unsure of what that is, by completing this each year, you allow yourself to be eligible for Federal Student Aid. It’s a fairly simple process that you can do with your parents at any time through their website, fafsa.gov. It is important to remember to fill this form out before every school year because financial eligibility can change from year to year. Make sure you get those FAFSA forms completed and submitted today!
Send in Transcripts and Test Scores: Moving down the checklist, it is important to make sure you send in your official transcripts and test scores. Gardner-Webb only accepts mailed in transcripts and accept SAT scores through the College Board website, and ACT scores from the ACT Website. Once you send this information in, your application to Gardner-Webb can be reviewed. That puts you one step closer to becoming a part of the GWU community. Without sending those two things in, your application will be put on hold, and there will be an influx of phone calls and voicemails until you can get that in! Something great about Gardner-Webb is that we offer a rolling admission, so there is no deadline for when everything has to be in. However, to make it a lot easier for yourself and the counselors, it is recommended to get that information in as soon as possible.
Review Your Financial Aid Packet: After you have been accepted, you will receive a financial aid packet. This is super important to make sure you go over with your parents/guardians. This contains all of the financial awards you will receive from the university, and you want to make sure you go through it so you know how much you will be receiving.
Ask Questions: The most important thing to remember during this whole transition process is that no question is a dumb question! We would rather you ask too many questions than none at all. This process can be overwhelming and at times frustrating, so the good thing is that the counselors here are available to help you with anything you need! Don’t be afraid to ask questions to your counselor if you are confused about something.
Visit: One of the most important things you can do when looking at any college or university is set up a campus visit! There is no better way to get a feel for the classrooms, student life, or try the food in the caf than setting up a time to come and tour. At Gardner-Webb, we think that choosing a college is like choosing a pair of shoes. You want to make sure it is the right size and the right style to suit you. This will be the place you spend the next four years of your life, so you want to make sure that it is the perfect fit for you! Register to visit today through gardner-webb.edu/visit. We can’t wait to show you around!