College Prep Plan: Senior Year

Your senior year in high school is about finishing strong. It is easy to allow yourself to be distracted by focusing on your first year in college. Remember that marathons are won in the last mile. Follow the College Prep Plan below to stay on the right path.

Summer Prior To Senior Year

  • Apply for scholarships
  • Gather important financial aid documents
  • Review your final list of prospective colleges and how you came to those decisions
  • Consider if you will apply using Early Decision and Early Action

Fall

Schedule a meeting with your college counselor as soon as possible and discuss the following:

  • Review and adjust your Four-Year Course Plan to ensure you'll graduate where you expected
  • Review your final list of prospective colleges and how you came to those decisions
  • Process for sending required documents for your college applications
  • Scholarships you will be applying for
  • Test preparation and registration for:
    • ACT® (2nd round)
    • SAT Reasoning Test™ (2nd round)
    • SAT Subject Tests™
    • College prep course exams (i.e., honors, accelerated, AP®, etc.)
    • State high school exit exam (if required)

Work on the following tasks throughout the semester:

  • Submit your FAFSA
    • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) and make corrections if needed
  • Apply to colleges on your final list
    • Submit required application documents to colleges on your final list
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Continue involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Continue adding to you brag file where you can display various in-school and out-of-school awards, achievements, and other work
  • Final round of prospective college visits
  • Search for scholarships you can apply for during your years in college

Spring

Schedule a meeting with your college counselor as soon as possible and discuss the following:

  • Information and resources for transitioning and adjusting to college from high school
  • How to take advantage of the upcoming summer:
    • Consider summer school in college courses for getting ahead
    • Consider testing for college credit (i.e., CLEP®, DSST, or UExcel)
  • Thanking your college counselor for all of the time and effort they spent helping you

Work on the following tasks throughout the semester:

  • Review and compare award letters from the colleges that accepted you
  • Final college visits if needed
  • Make your commitment to your final college choice


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