Waiting to hear back on an admission decision can seem like a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be.

During the waiting period, there’s plenty to do that will benefit you as a student.

 waiting on an admission decision? what to do while you wait. Young woman relaxing with a book in a red and black hammock.


Some might tell you that senior year is the time to sit back and relax, but it’s actually one of the most important times to either maintain your GPA or work to raise it. If you’re in line for valedictorian, don’t let your GPA slip. A higher GPA can equate to better scholarship offers from schools. Is your GPA lower than you’d like? Take this time to buckle down on your homework, making sure your last semester in high school helps your GPA.

Apply for scholarships

I’m sure you know that college can be expensive. With tuition, room and board, books, general fees, and more, it adds up quickly. One of the best ways to offset the cost of your education is to apply for scholarships. SEMO automatically considers you for institutional and endowed scholarships, and there are countless scholarships you can find online. There are also state scholarships for Missouri residents. If you’re a member of an honor society, volunteer with an organization, etc., make sure you check with your groups to see if they offer scholarships. Millions of dollars in scholarship money go unclaimed each year, so take advantage of what’s out there. Here are more scholarships to get you started on your scholarship search.

Tour the campus

If you haven’t toured the school(s) you applied to, this is the perfect time to do so. Tours give you the chance to get a feel for the campus life and atmosphere, the facilities available, residence life options, and whether or not it ultimately feels like home. Tours also allow you to meet potential future classmates, current students, faculty in your major, and get all of your questions answered. Ready to tour Southeast Missouri State University? We can’t wait to see you on campus!

Master time management

One of the most important skills you’ll need in college is the ability to manage your time wisely. With all the gaps between classes, it’s tempting to binge-watch your favorite shows; however, there are better ways you could (and probably should) spend that time. Get a planner or a planner app for keeping up with your important dates. Schedule time to work on homework each day and establish a routine. Keep track of upcoming deadlines and learn to spend your time wisely. When your tasks are complete, you can watch just one episode.

Build your resume

If your resume can fit on a Post-It note, that’s okay. We’ve all been there. While you’re waiting to hear back from schools, find a job or volunteer opportunity that could set you apart and teach you invaluable skills. Need help creating your resume? Here are some helpful tips.

As your final weeks of high school wrap up, make sure you’re taking the time to try new and beneficial opportunities. Enjoy home-cooked meals more often, volunteer, spend time with your friends, support the teams or groups at your school, and study for your exams. Balance work with fun and enjoy all of the “lasts” that come with your senior year. You’ll hear back on an admission decision before you know it. Good luck! We can’t wait to see what you’ll do.