Information for Seniors

Senior Calendar


  • Narrow your list of colleges to between five and 10.
  • Meet with your high school counselor to discuss your classes, college plans and test scores.    
  • Register for the October SAT or ACT, if necessary.
  • Keep your calendar up-to-date; track important dates and deadlines.
  • Review your transcript to verify that the information is correct.
  • Be sure to send test scores to the colleges to which you are applying.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): to apply for most financial aid, you will need to complete the FAFSA.
    • October 1 is the first day you can file the FAFSA.
  • Prepare early decision/early action or rolling admission applications ASAP. November 1-15; colleges may require test scores and applications between these dates for early decision admission.
  • Ask counselors or teachers for letters of recommendation if you need them. Be sure to give them an outline of your academic record and extracurricular activities and any required forms.
  • Write first drafts and ask teachers to read them if you are submitting essays.
  • Strive to complete college applications by Thanksgiving break.
  • Ask your counselor to send your transcripts to colleges. Give the proper forms to the counseling office at least two weeks before the colleges require them.


  • Keep copies of all college applications and essays.
  • Let your counselor know if your college requires mid-year grades.
  • Submit a CSS/PROFILE, if required.
  • Direct financial aid questions to that office at the college.
  • Familiarize yourself with state financial aid deadlines. They can differ from federal and school deadlines.
  • Respond quickly to requests for additional documentation.


  • Keep active in school.
  • Visit your final college before accepting.
  • Review your award letters carefully.
  • Inform every college of your acceptance or rejection of the officer of admission and/or financial aid by May 1.
  • Send your deposit to one college only.
  • Take any AP Exams.
  • Work with a counselor to resolve any admission or financial aid problems.
  • Have your final transcript sent to your college.
  • Send thank you notes or emails to those who helped you get into college.