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A seniors' guide to getting into college

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Urban Dictionary may define it best.

They define 'senioritis' as "a crippling disease and the symptoms include laziness, a dismissive attitude and the excessive wearing of track pants."

But U of L Associate Director of Admissions Tom Brammer advises to find a cure for that senioritis now. If you're a high school senior, the time to get serious about college starts now.

"The earlier you are to apply the less likely you are to miss a deadline," Brammer says.

Saint Xavier graduate Taylor Forn applied early and landed a full scholarship.

He had time to breathe during graduation while some of his friends did not.

"I had friends that were looking right up until the May deadline," said Forn.

Because most students end up applying to between three and seven schools, it pays to get organized.

Your entrance essay should be well thought out.

"It needs to be personalized not generic to your specific needs," Brammer says. "What are the things about you that make each individual person stand out."

Campus visits should be wrapped up ideally by November.

"If it doesn't feel like home, you won't ever get adjusted and you won't immerse yourself into the culture of the school," Forn said.

Don't take your senior year off. Colleges look at all aspects of a student's portfolio including grades SAT & ACT scores plus activities.

"All those things help to culminate you and it really goes back to time management learning how to manage all these things and be successful," Brammer said.

And be sure to have a backup plan...even if that means applying to a home town school or community college.

Because its not where you start...

"It's not a student's goal to get in as a freshman. It's their goal to graduate as a senior," says Brammer.

In college and in life, it's where you finish.

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