Planning Calendar for Seniors
- Narrow your list of colleges and meet with Mrs. Henry to talk about them.
- Download college applications and financial aid forms
- Create a master list or calendar that includes:
- tests you’ll take and their fees, dates and registration deadlines
- college application due dates
- financial aid application forms required and their deadlines (aid applications may be due before college applications)
- other materials you’ll need (recommendations, transcripts, etc.)
- If you can’t afford application or test fees, Mrs. Henry can help you request a fee waiver.
- If you have not had your test scores sent to the college to which you are applying, be sure to contact the testing agency to have them sent.
- Try to finalize your college choices.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- Prepare Early Decision, Early Action or rolling admissions applications as soon as possible.
- Ask for counselor or teacher recommendations if you need them. Give each teacher or Mrs. Henry an outline of your academic record and your extracurricular activities. For each recommendation, if no direct link is provided, provide an address and any college forms required.
- If you’re submitting essays, write first drafts and ask teachers and others to read them. If you’re applying for Early Decision, finish the essays for that application now.
- If you have not had your test scores sent to the college to which you are applying, be sure to contact testing agency to have them sent.
- Nov. 1-15: For Early Decision admissions, colleges may require test scores and applications between these dates.
- Complete as many applications by Thanksgiving.
- Have transcripts sent to colleges. Submit request sent at least two weeks before colleges require them.
- Be sure to keep copies of your applications and essays.
- If your college wants to see seventh-semester grades, request copies be sent.
- No senioritis, Accepting colleges look at second-semester senior grades.
- Keep active in school. If you are wait-listed, the college will want to know what you have accomplished between the time you applied and the time you learned of its decision.
- You should receive acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April. If you’ve not done so yet, Visit your final college before accepting. As soon as you decide, notify your counselor of your choice.
- If you have questions about housing offers, talk to Mrs. Henry or call the college.
- May 1: Colleges cannot require a deposit or commitment to attend before May 1. By that postmarked date, inform every college of your acceptance or rejection of the offer of admission and/or financial aid.
- Send your deposit to one college only.
- Wait-listed by a college? If you will enroll if accepted, tell the admissions director your intent and ask how to strengthen your application. Need financial aid? Ask whether funds will be available if you’re accepted.
- Work with a counselor to resolve any admissions or financial aid problems.
- Send a final transcript to your college.