- Get a file “bin” and set up a
file for each target school.
- Attend all high school
- Meet with counselor and ask
- Identify all the application
deadlines for your schools and fill out
- Get your school’s CEEB code and
have it handy along with your SS#.
- Finalize your resume.
- Prep for final SAT/ACT testing
- Ask teachers for letters of
recommendation if your colleges want them.
- Request interviews at privates
whenever they are available.
- Get a good senior picture,
formal or informal.
- Print practice apps for all
your schools even if you will be doing them
-Review your Handbook carefully.
Take SAT/ACT as needed (register for Nov/Dec).
- Work on applications.
- See if college applications are
on the internet yet
(be sure they are for the right
If so, download & print them for
practice and/or get the essays.
- Think about essay topics.
- Keep grades up! Many schools
will request your senior grades in their
- Are you taking the SAT again?
- Did you obtain all letters of
- Decide about applying early
decision – you can only do one!
- If you’re an athlete, talk to
- Polish your resume for the last
-Are any of your target schools
visiting your high school?
- Attend any workshops/ meetings
offered by your high school.
-think about financial aid needs.
- Work on essays and
(many early applications are due
in November! )
- Watch deadlines!
- Don’t procrastinate with your
apps! The earlier the better.
- Want to take the SAT one more
- Have your high school send
transcripts to colleges that want them.
- Send thank you notes to anyone
who helped you (letters of recommendation etc).
- Be sure your SAT/ACT scores
have been sent to all your colleges after your
last test. Send AP scores as well if they are
- This is likely your last chance
at the standardized tests – use it if you need
- Study Hard! You can’t afford
to let your grades slip.
(first semester grades may be
used in decisions)
- Be sure to report your test scores to all
- Use the internet to research
- Finish any remaining
applications! Proof them over and over.
- Have others read your essays to
be sure they are captivating and demonstrate
something unique about you.
- Send your final resume, picture
and cover letter to your private schools.
- Think about financial aid needs
and familiarize yourself with the forms.
- Keep copies of everything you
- If accepted Early Decision,
inform other schools.
- The last of the applications
should be due this month for Fall admission.
- Are your test scores sent?
- Transcripts sent as required?
- Letters of recommendation in?
- Obtain FAFSA forms and file as
soon as you can after Jan 1;
- Consider using CSS/PROFILE for
aid if your college(s) take it. (College Board
- You may need a GPA verification
form for some state grants.
- Attend financial aid workshops
at your school or elsewhere.
- Research private scholarships
- Finish financial aid forms. Timing matters!
Being late can literally cost you.
- Tell your parents you will need
their 1040 tax information
(as current as possible, last
years at least)
- You can estimate the financial
aid you will receive.
- Have school send updated
transcripts or mid year reports if needed.
- Pay attention to correspondence
- Keep your grades up! Offers
can be rescinded!
-FAFSA form due
(Review the SAR you will receive
to be sure it is using the right data)
- Register for AP tests.
- Wait for acceptance letters!
( Pay attention to housing forms
in acceptance letters.
There may be deadlines and
- Consider appealing a rejection.
(if it was your first choice and
you have some reason for them to reconsider you)
- Notify your counselor when you
receive college decisions and write waitlist
letters if appropriate.
- Congrats on all your
acceptances! You must generally select a school
by May 1.
- Final campus visits if needed
to help make your decision.
- Talk to people who can help you
decide: alumni, older friends who are there,
parents, and your counselor.
- Prepare for AP tests and
- Review and discuss financial
aid offers as part of your decision making
process. These can be appealed also.
- Most of your schools must be
notified by May 1 with an SIR form.
- Plan summer employment.
- Pay attention to housing and
meal plan information contained in your
- Inform the schools you will NOT
be attending as well.
- If needed, research loans
(PLUS, Stafford etc) to make up for any
financial gap after aid results are known.
- Study for finals and APs! (use
- Order final transcript and
anything else to be sent to your college.
- Consider computer needs for
- Attend all orientations at your
- Do some extra research on your
college to think about what activities you will
- Respond to any financial aid
offers you received.
- Keep READING!
- Have a great summer and look
forward to the amazing adventure that awaits