6. Those who delayed their college search until senior year. It takes time to sort through hundreds of college options. Students need to spend time understanding themselves and the quirks of each college, Schneider believes. Applicants who only start doing research in their senior year often don't have enough time to find a "perfect match" by early deadlines, some of which are as early as Nov. 1.
Schneider, who worries that the pressure to apply to college early could worsen what she calls "college fever," says her surveys of college graduates have turned up "some evidence that students who make these choices very early without having opportunities to explore other options, later on (in their twenties) report some dissatisfaction with their college choices and lives."
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