Timeline for Senior Year

September

  • If you have not held any leadership positions while in high school, now is the time to assume a leadership role in one of the organizations you are a part of.
  • Consider visits, overnight stays and interviews at your top college choices.  Visit (personally or virtually) any colleges you have not already seen.
  • Register for the SAT or ACT.  Be sure to take any SAT II tests, if required.
  • Ask a teacher to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf if you have not already done so.
  • Review, revise and finalize your college essays.
  • Attend college fairs for one final review of college choices.
  • Be sure your senior year courses still includes a challenging mix of college-prep courses.
  • Stay focused on grades.
  • Keep your résumé updated.
  • Continue checking the website for scholarship opportunities.
  • Create a college choice "short-list", ideally with one or more "stretch" schools and one "safety" school. (5-6 schools in total)
  • Create a file for each of your college choices - and keep all materials organized.

 

October

  • Consider creating a master schedule of all of your application deadlines.
  • Continue working on college applications and begin submitting them.
  • If you have a clear "first choice" college, consider applying for early decision.
  • Have standardized testing service send your scores to your list of colleges.
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships and grants.
  • Stay focused on grades.


November

  • Complete all college applications and submit them.
  • Be sure your counselor knows your final list of colleges, as well as your preferences.
  • Request key financial aid and scholarship information from your list of colleges.
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships and grants.
  • Stay focused on grades.

 

December

  • If you applied as an early decision applicant to a college, expect a notification this month.
  • If not completed, finish and submit remainder of college applications.
  • Start detailed financial aid search, including outside sources for scholarships and loans.
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships and grants.
  • Stay focused on grades.

 

January

  • If applying for financial aid, get started on preparations by obtaining a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  • Stay focused on grades.
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships and grants.

 

February

  • Complete FAFSA, if possible.  You'll need your family's/guardian's tax records.)
  • Keep track of your college applications - be sure all schools have received all of your materials.
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships and grants.
  • Stay focused on grades.

 

March

  • College decision letters begin arriving.
  • Celebrate your acceptances, decide about your wait lists, and deal positively with your rejections.
  • Finalize financial aid applications.
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships and grants.
  • Stay focused on grades.

 

April

  • Make a decision about your college choice from among the colleges that accepted you.
  • Notify all colleges (that accepted you) of your final decision.
  • Submit tuition deposit to your college of choice.
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships and grants.
  • Stay focused on grades.

 

May

  • Be sure to submit paperwork for room and board.
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships and grants.
  • Stay focused on grades.

 

June

  • Celebrate your high school success!
  • Send thank you notes (if you haven't already) to everyone who helped you this year.
  • Start planning for college.
  • Watch your college's summer deadlines (orientations, housing options, registration, etc.) closely.
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships and grants.

 

July

  • Register for fall courses at your college.
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships and grants.
  • Prepare for your new adventure!