Finalize list of colleges to apply to (this should have some safety schools, match schools, and reachschools); contact your counselor if you are unsure of what schools should be on your list
Verify that the classes you signed up for meet the requirements of each school on your list and continue taking challenging classes as colleges do look at your senior year schedule in admissions decisions
Schedule interviews at colleges which require a personal interview for admission
Request letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, employers, or other relevant people (make sure to send thank you cards when these are completed)
Create a chart with deadlines for each school, each portion of the application, and personal deadlines for essay writing, application completion, and testing
Work on your college application essays (get assistance from a counselor or tutor if this is not your strong suit)
Complete early decision or early action applications
Visit college fairs
Request high school transcripts early, and make sure you have reviewed it before having it sent to a college
Update your deadline chart as things are completed or added to the listCollege Admissions Timeline
Begin to research scholarships and financial aid.
Learn about the FAFSA.
Finalize applications and essays (most will be due next month!)
Double check that all components of each application have been completed
You should have completed all college admissions tests at this point- if you have not, discuss this with a counselor.
Turn in all applications
Confirm receipt of materials by each college to which you applied
Submit the FAFSA
Submit mid-year grades to colleges that require a senior year mid-year update
Continue to work on your GPA and extra curriculars
Start narrowing down the list of scholarships to apply to
Begin applying for scholarships
You will start to receive decisions soon (especially early decision, early action, and rolling admissions).
Make sure to think about each school very carefully and follow the directions for notifying the schools of your decision
Keep your grades up- colleges can revoke an admissions decision for declining grades.
February - April
Receive decisions from colleges and return your decision following the directions very carefully (keep track of all decisions very carefully- an excel spreadsheet is very helpful for this)
Think about housing decisions
Review FAFSA student aid report and start making plans for finances
Continue to apply for scholarships
Register and take AP exams
Keep your grades up
Go to accepted students’ open houses if available
May - June
Make final decision on which college you will be attending
Make the required deposit by their deadline
Finalize housing decisions
Take AP exams
Send final transcript to colleges that require it
Continue to work on scholarships and financing your education (including loans)
Send thank you letters to those that helped you along the way