Senior year can be overwhelming. There’s a lot to do to prepare for and apply to college. Let us break it down for you and give you some tips along the way!
SENIOR YEAR: MONTH BY MONTH
- Organize and plan! Write down all deadlines.
- Begin your personal statement for college and scholarship applications.
- Research scholarships.
- Study for the ACT/SAT.
- Any Day: Register for the ACT/SAT.
- Fee waivers for the exams available at the College Center
- Attend Back to School Night/Parent College Presentation
- Registration deadlines for October ACT/SAT tests. Check online for specific test days.
- Find a counselor or teachers who can write you a strong recommendation.
- Keep working on your personal statement.
- Make sure you have met with your college counseling team to come up with a Senior Plan.
- Oct. 1: Cal State Application Filing Period begins (you can submit your application).
- Registration deadlines for November ACT/SAT tests.
- Check private university deadlines.
- Visit the College Center for help on college applications.
- Study for the ACT/SAT.
- Nov. 1: UC Application Filing Period begins.
- Registration deadlines for December ACT/SAT tests.
- Nov. 30: LAST DAY TO APPLY TO CSU and UC. (Have applications completed before Thanksgiving Break!)
- Last month to take SAT or ACT!
- Make sure your ACT/SAT scores have been sent to your colleges.
- Apply for PIN for use with FAFSA.
- Begin to send private university applications.
- ENJOY YOUR WINTER BREAK! YOU’VE EARNED IT!
- Keep your grades up and continue to sign up for rigorous classes. Final acceptance depends on your final transcript.
- Jan. 1: Usual deadline for applying to many selective private colleges.
- Remind your parents to prepare their income tax statements early. You’ll need it for financial aid.
- Check your portal or email to see if colleges are requesting transcript, financial aid documents, dependent verification form, etc. VERY IMPORTANT TO CHECK WEEKLY!
- Begin to apply for as many scholarships as you can.
- Begin completing FAFSA, Dream Act, CSS profile, and other financial aid forms.
- FAFSA Deadline is March, 2!
- Decide which AP Exams you will be taking.
- Begin looking into housing options and deadlines!
- Apply to campus scholarships (even at the community college level).
- Community College Students: apply to at least two community colleges to see where you can register for the most classes. Take placement exams.
- Most colleges announce admission decisions in April! Make sure to reply by May 1!
- Carefully review financial aid award letters from colleges. Compare the amount of money you will have left to pay at each college before making your final decision.
- Plan for a productive summer-freshman orientation, summer job, or enroll for your college’s summer term.
- Check the status of your Cal Grant (www.mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov)
- May 1: Intent to Register due (Notify school of your intent to accept any offer you have received).
- May 2-13: AP Exams
- CSU Students: Register for the ELM/EPT placement exams.
- UC Students: You will need to take the Analytical Placement Exam.
- Complete request to send final transcript.
- Finish High School FOREVER!
CHOOSE THE BEST COLLEGE FOR YOU!
- Will I be taught by professors or teaching assistants?
- What types of support services are available?
- How strong is the advising program?
- What opportunities are there for undergraduate research?
- What is the classroom size of a typical freshman course?
- What is the faculty/student ratio?
- From what parts of the country/world do students come from?
- Cultural or ethnic composition?
- Female/Male ratio?
- Conservative, liberal, or moderate student body?
- Do they have extracurricular activities that match my interests?
- How important is the athletic program? Do they have fine or performing arts?
- Where are the students on the weekends? Home or on campus?
- Is Greek life important on campus?
- Is my first choice major offered? Second? Third?
- Is my major one of the most popular programs on campus? Will the school be harder to get into because it’s impacted?
- What if I’m undecided about my major?
- Is there an honors program?
- Are study abroad or off-campus experiences offered?
- Are internships available?
- What are the admission requirements/standards?
- Are there different requirements for my major? Does my major require a supplemental application?
- What factors are weighed most heavily in the review process?
- Where do I fit in the typical applicant pool? (gpa, test scores, etc)
- Is this my top choice, middle ground, or safety school?
- Do I prefer a large medium or a small school?
- Rural, urban, or suburban?
- What are the advantages of each?
- What are the advantages of staying close to home or living far away?
- Is it a two or four year school? What degrees are offered?
- Is the college affordable without financial aid or scholarships?
- Which features make the investment worth it to me/my family?
- What is my role in this investment? What will I contribute to the cost?
- Will I apply for financial aid?
- Does the college offer merit-based or “no need” scholarships?
- Does the college meet 100% of my demonstrated financial need?
- What type of aid will my financial aid package contain?