Your last year of high school’s going to fly by. Our advice for high school seniors is a calendar that will help keep you on track for college.
- Enjoy the last of your summer break! But use the time wisely. If you haven’t already, carefully consider which colleges most interest you and best suit your needs.
- Plan campus visits, and look for college fairs headed to your area in the fall.
- Make a checklist of materials – and deadlines – needed for each school you’re interested in attending.
- Think about who – counselors, teachers, community leaders – you’ll ask to write recommendations.
- Choose senior-year courses carefully, and keep your grades up! Lightened senior-year course loads can send the wrong impression to prospective colleges.
- Brainstorm college essay topics, and be sure to line up plenty of proofreaders.
- Register on the College Board website to take the October SAT and/or ACT.
- Get started on scholarship applications, paying close attention to deadlines.
October to November:
- Re-take the SAT-I.
- Start filling out applications and having high-school transcripts sent to the college(s) of your choice.
- Take SAT-II Subject Exams and/or ACT.
- Work to submit all college applications before winter break.
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
- Have your counselor send your first-semester grades to the college(s) where you’ve applied.
- Meet the FAFSA form submission deadline.
March through April:
- Keep track of acceptances and awards of financial aid on your checklist.
- Reply promptly to admissions offers and awards of financial aid.
- Revisit campuses if you still aren’t positive about where you want to go.
- Most colleges need your decision by May 1; National Candidates Reply Date.
- Ask your counselor to send your final grades to the college you’ll attend.
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