Preparing for College

Can I do anything over Christmas break to help my college process?

Question: Can I do anything over Christmas break to help my college process?

A lot of seniors will be preparing their college applications over Christmas break. A number of colleges and universities have an application deadline of January 1. So, for those seniors who have not already begun to prepare their applications, Christmas break will be a time of work.


For seniors whose applications are not due until mid-January, February, and March, Christmas break is an excellent time to take a look at application essays. takes discipline to sit down, plan, and compose an essay while on break from high school, especially during the holidays. It can make a big difference, though, in the quality of your essay.

If you are a senior and the colleges to which you are applying have rolling admissions, that is, no hard application deadline, you may want to schedule a last-minute SAT for January. If you do that, you can use Christmas break to review SAT strategies and--above all--study vocabulary. Don't forget The Princeton Review book,