Your Senior Year Calendar...
- Begin to collect and file info from each college on your list, (i.e.: cost, admissions requirements, scholarships, financial aid, deadlines, etc).
- Register to take the SAT and/or ACT exams if you have not already taken them at least once.
- Ask for letters of recommendation from teachers, administrators, coaches, employers, etc.
- Meet with counselor about preparing for college and make sure you are on the right track.
- Take the SAT and/or ACT again OR for the first time.
- Write admissions essays, if needed.
- Continue to visit various campuses.
- Submit your college admission applications. Pay attention to deadlines.
- Request financial aid applications from your colleges.
- Fill out your FAFSA application, so it is ready to be sent in on the first of January.
- Finalize other scholarships/grants.
- Turn in FAFSA application as soon as possible. Even though the deadline is not until March second, turning in your application early guarantees proper processing.
- Request that your high school send your transcripts to the colleges you are applying to.
- Confirm that your transcripts have been delivered and received.
- Begin planning for a summer job or internship.
- Keep grades up. Second semester grades can still affect your acceptance and scholarships.
- If you have not received your Student Aid Report (SAR) within one month, check its status.
- Make sure that your SAR is received at each college you listed on your FAFSA.
- Make a final decision about which college to attend. Pay attention to specific deadlines, such as admissions deposit, housing, financial aid, etc.
- Reply to other colleges that you will not be attending.
- Take AP or CLEP exams, if needed.
- Confirm summer job or internship.
- Send a final transcript to your chosen college.
Congratulations! You’re almost there. Be sure to attend summer orientation and keep in mind that these dates are general guidelines and will vary among colleges. Please confirm with each college admissions office for their specific deadlines and stay in constant communication with your high school counselor about how to best prepare for college.