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The transition period from high school to college is such an exciting time that it is no wonder Hollywood has doled out a steady stream of films about senior year, like the classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. With more and more students going to college, this important life event has become embedded in mainstream culture. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, from 2001 – 2011, college matriculation rates rose from 15.9 million to 21 million, an increase of 32 percent.

Although there is a healthy trend to attend college, it is important for students not to simply get caught in the wave, but to diligently prepare for the changes in academic and personal life that college is sure to bring. Being smart about senior year can help ease the bumps in transitioning from high school to college.

How Parents Can Help

Getting into college is often a family effort, and even after an admissions offer, parents can still be a great help in the transitioning process. Here are some useful things parents may want to keep in mind:

At SimpleTuition, we help students and their families with college planning and financing every step of the way. Our site provides numerous interactive tools and useful articles to help you with every facet of starting college, including getting past any feelings of senioritis.

 

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