College Planning

You've Been Accepted! Now What?

You’ve received your acceptance letters—now what?

When making your decision, it’s important to remember there isn’t a perfect college. Your college experience is what you make of it.

Comparing Colleges

To help you evaluate your options, get more information on each colleges. Ask questions like:

  • How many students return after their first year?
  • What’s the graduation rate?
  • Does this college offer a lot of majors I’m interested in?

If you can, visit or revisit the campus and speak with current students about their experience. Use this campus visit checklist to make the most of your time.

If you can’t visit the campus, you can get to know a college online through social media profiles, website, and student-run news outlet. And use the tools on BigFuture to compare colleges and aid awards

Celebrating Your College Decision

You’ve made a college decision—congratulations! Submit your enrollment deposit and let the admissions office know you’ve accepted their offer. Make sure you complete all necessary paperwork by the college’s deadline.

Getting accepted to college is a big deal, so we’ve created a contest to celebrate your achievement.   

#Collegiance is an annual social media video contest open to high school seniors making their college decisions.

For a chance to win money for college, announce your college decision on Instagram in an original and creative video that’s less than 60 seconds. The contest runs from March 15 to May 15, 2019. You must include the #Collegiance and #CollegeBoardContest hashtags to enter. For more information, visit

Submissions will be judged on aesthetics, creativity, engagement, authenticity, originality, and “wow factor” by film and media professors from College Board member institutions. Ten winners will earn prizes from $1,000 to $6,000.

Best Video (Grand Prize)

1 winner


Runner-Up Video

1 winner


Finalist Video

8 winners


After You Make Your Decision

You still have some things to do once you’ve decided on a college. It’s going to be a busy and exciting time, so it’s important to stay organized.

To make sure you’re on track write down all the important deadlines with this detailed checklist.

  • Read and respond promptly to all the information and forms you get from your college to set up orientation, financial aid, housing, meal plans, and more.
  • Send in your tuition deposit to save your place in your college’s entering first-year class.
  • Accept your financial aid offer. (Remember: this is separate from your college’s acceptance offer.)
  • If you’re planning to live on campus, choose a housing option, select a meal plan, contact your potential roommate, and use this off-to-college checklist for a list of things to buy or pack.

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