What To Do After You Get Accepted into College

A guide to navigating the steps after you receive your college acceptance.

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Joshua Mcknight

Congratulations! In the midst of a pandemic, you worked hard, applied to college, and got accepted. College admissions can be tricky and are an obstacle within itself, but you made it through! Pat yourself on the back because it's the first task in many on your journey to the next four (give or take) years of your life. So now what?

Depending on the college/university you're accepted into, your matriculation steps may differ, but some things are relatively the same across most colleges and universities.

Last year, I found myself confused (especially as I matriculated to a private school which comes with its own tasks and struggles), but now that I've successfully matriculated to Howard University (HU!), I can help guide you all through the process so you have a smooth transition into school.

Here's what you need to know and/or do after you get accepted into college.

1. Apply for Scholarships & Grants


Colleges usually send financial aid letters soon after acceptance letters, so it's important to get into the mindset of how you will pay for college if you're not sure.

You should be doing this before you were accepted or now, but it's okay if you haven't! As long as you apply for as many scholarships and grants as you can, you're doing great. Still, the earlier the better. The goal is to get little to no student loans, so you graduate college with less debt or no debt. Here's a quick rundown of what grants, scholarships, and loans are.

Grants are non-repayable funds to pay for school--which means free money. Grants are usually based on financial need.