Critical Dates for The College Bound Senior High School Student
*Write important dates down so you do not miss any deadlines
*Meet with your guidance counselor to go over college plans and make sure your classes meet the standards of your college goals
*Sign up for the ACT or SAT
*Find out when the admission counselor to the college(s) or university(s) you selected is visiting your high school and meet with him/her.
*Ask teachers, high school counselors, employers and others for letters of recommendation for your college and scholarship applications. Be sure to give them at least a two week’s notice!
* Finalize your college application essay. Have a teacher look it over and give pointers and tips
*Make a list of scholarships in your community for which you wish to apply
*Finalize the list of colleges to which you wish to apply.
*Submit your applications for any scholarships you may be eligible for
*Re-take the ACT or SAT if you feel you can improve your score
*Finish submitting your college applications. Many guidance counselors kindly ask that you have all your applications submitted by Thanksgiving.
*Make a file on each school you applied to with a copy of your application, essay, and letters of recommendation you may have sent and all materials they have given you.
*Continue to apply for different scholarships and grants
*Enjoy a relaxing Winter Break—you’ve earned it!
*Complete your taxes as soon as possible
*Submit your completed FAFSA online if you haven’t already. Valentine’s Day (February 14) is a good target date to have your FAFSA completed!
*Schedule follow-up visits to your top three schools that have offered you admission. Make sure to schedule an appointment with each school’s financial aid office. Consider an overnight visit to get a real feel for the school and student life.
*Compare your top three schools and prepare to make your final decision
*Apply for a summer job and save some of the money for college
*Decide what college you will be attending. Remember to consider all factors, including academic offerings, student experience and cost. Don’t underestimate what feels like the best fit!
*Submit your enrollment fee as soon as you make your decision
*Notify the schools you will not be attending.
*Enjoy your last month of high school!!
*Sign up for a summer orientation
*Make sure your high school has sent your final transcript to the school of your choice.
*Take your Math Placement Test before you attend Orientation
*Get a physical and fill out your important health documents as soon as possible.
*If needed, decide which loans you will need to take out
*Make sure you save some of your summer earnings for college.