senior year planning calendar

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Summer • View virtual tours of over 1,300 college campuses on
• Take or retake the ACT or SAT, if necessary.
• Finalize and focus on your top three college choices and begin scheduling campus visits.
• Meet with your counselor soon after school starts back.

September • Begin writing admissions essays.
• Apply to the colleges that interest you.
• Investigate scholarships that may be available at your colleges.
• Take or retake the ACT or SAT, if necessary.
• Attend college fairs and other financial aid workshops.
• Politely ask teachers in advance to write recommendations. Check in with teachers you may have asked last spring.
• Request financial aid information. Pay close attention to application procedures and priority filing dates.
• Attend a FAFSA preparation workshop in your area.


• Register for an FSA ID.
• File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1st.
• Submit the admissions applications. Be sure to check deadlines, especially for early admission programs.
• Intensify your search for private scholarships.


• Continue to focus on your admissions applications.
• Continue to research and apply for scholarships.
• Send fall transcripts to colleges, if required.

• Be sure to meet all admissions, financial aid, and scholarship deadlines.
• Respond promptly to requests for information from college admissions offices.
• Complete all requests for financial aid information.

April May
• Compare admission and financial aid offers from various schools to determine the right school for you.
• If possible, visit your top schools once more or attend open house programs to help finalize your decision.
• Notify your chosen school of your decision to attend and decline admission offers from schools that you do not plan to attend.
• Submit required housing or tuition deposits to reserve your space at the school you plan to attend.
• Turn in your final transcript request to your counselor prior to graduation.

• Confirm that your final high school transcripts are sent to the college you selected.
• Confirm either in person or by phone that your attendance information is complete.
• Attend orientation when it is offered at the college you selected.
• Plan your financial budget for the upcoming academic year.


  • What academic factors are considered during the admissions process?
  • Are you able to enroll in all classes needed each term for timely degree completion?


  • What is the cost of attendance?
  • What kind of work-study jobs are offered?


  • How do students spend their free time?
  • What organizations and activities are offered on campus?


  • Are freshman required to live on campus?
  • What types of meal plans are available and are they required?


  • How long with it take to complete the program?
  • What does the school do to help graduates locate jobs?


  • How are issues addressed?
  • Is the campus well lit?


  • Do athletes have their own dorms?
  • Do athletes miss a lot of lasses to participate in their sport?


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