Tips for Prospective Parents

You’ve coached your child through countless decisions in life. Choosing a college might be their biggest decision yet. As a parent or family member, it's tough to know how to help and when to get involved.

Here's a quick checklist of what you can do to support your student during the college search:

High School Freshman and Sophomore

  • Encourage your student to connect with the high school guidance counselor.
  • Begin exploring options together and make a big list of possibilities and priorities.
  • Ask your student to connect with schools they're considering.
  • Encourage your student to start a resume of high school involvements.
  • Pay attention to what they excel at or enjoy and talk about future college majors and career choices.

High School Junior

  • Continue researching college options. Encourage good study habits. Keep praying.
  • Help cut the list of schools down to the top 4-5 choices and set up campus visits.
  • Get to know your student’s admissions counselor.
  • Make a plan for your student to take the ACT or SAT (Bethel only needs one).
  • Consider a Parent Coffee event to get your own questions answered.

High School Senior

  • It’s time for your student to start applying to their top choice schools.
  • Learn more about scholarships and pay special attention application deadlines.
  • Include your student in the financial aid process. Bethel’s priority application date is April 15.
  • Encourage your student to attend Campus Visit Weekend or schedule an individual overnight visit.
  • When the decision has been made, continue with the next steps for enrolling at Bethel.

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