You're accepted, what's next?
January 21, 2020
Congratulations! You’re accepted to DePauw University! But what’s next? If you’re like most high school seniors, you have multiple options to choose from. We want to help you make that big decision, so check out these tips as potential next steps.
Scheduling a visit after you’ve been accepted to a university should be one of your top priorities. Even if you’ve already visited, there is something different about visiting a university once you’ve been accepted. When scheduling your visit, you can:
Check in with your admissions counselor.
Visit with a professor.
Sit in on a class.
Schedule an overnight visit! It’s a great way to get a feel for campus life, and gives you the opportunity to talk to students outside of the typical “campus tour” setting.
What types of extracurricular activities are you interested in? If you can, try to:
You can read about programs or activities, but seeing them in person can make or break your final decision. While you’re on your visit, drive around the town too. Is it important to you to be within driving or walking distance to shopping, parks or restaurants?
Ask More Questions
You probably did some research before getting accepted, but now is the time to really dig in and do more. Explore questions such as:
What are the statistics on diversity or student-faculty ratio?
What about retention and graduation rates?
What advantages are there to a small school versus a large school?
Do I have to know what I want to major in now?
How successful are alumni who have graduated from each school?
Your preferences on things like class size or male-female ratio will be unique to you and your journey, as will whether you want to attend a university that allows time for exploration if you are unsure of your major interest, etc. You’ll want to know the specifics before deciding.
Research Academic Programs
What are you planning to study in college? Look into the programs that are offered, and some colleges even provide the opportunity to design your own major based on your unique interests. Do you plan to study abroad, or participate in an honors program? Make sure that your university choice both offers — and excels in — these programs.
Not sure what you want to major in yet? Check out the career and skills training offered at universities that interest you. For example, at DePauw, the Kathryn F. Hubbard Center for Student Engagement helps you discover and cultivate your life goals with career assessments and development, as well as connections to interview opportunities, internships and more. And, DePauw encourages exploration during your first and second years — you don’t need to declare a major until spring of your second year.
Compare Financial Aid Packages
No one really likes to talk about money, but cost is an important consideration in most students’ college decision. Look at the full cost of tuition plus room & board, and compare that against the financial aid package that you have been or will be provided. It’s important to wait for your financial aid packet because the sticker price doesn’t tell the whole story. For example, 90% of DePauw students pay less than the full tuition cost, and the state of Indiana provides an additional grant for students who go to any school in the state. DePauw students are also ranked as having the second lowest amount of debt in the state of Indiana compared to others.
Consider expenses and scholarships outside of what is provided by the university.
How much will it cost to travel to and from college during breaks?
How much will books cost?
Can you apply for any local scholarships within your high school or community, or any other additional scholarships?
Be sure to factor these other numbers into your total cost.
Make Your Decision
Once you have compared all of your notes, it’s time to make your decision. Sometimes this is a “gut feeling” and sometimes it’s a process of elimination. Don’t forget that you can always get input from your parents, family members, teachers and mentors!
When you make your decision, let your university of choice know! If your decision is to attend DePauw, we’ll be so excited to have you! We also have some special events that you can attend once you’ve been admitted, either on campus or in your hometown. We look forward to you joining our community of transformative leaders and scholars.
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