Junior and Senior Year Checklists

The college search process doesn't happen overnight, and we work closely with students to make sure that it is as personalized as possible. Here's a look at the schedule we use to guide our juniors and seniors to finding the best fit for them.

Junior Year


Attend College Counseling Kick-Off Event (families invited)

Make an appointment for your first meeting with your college counselor
Attend required College Counseling classes


Meet with College Counselor
Arrange Spring Break campus visits
Students and families should work to see a variety of colleges and universities, both in terms of size, program, location, and selectivity


Visit colleges over the break (make sure and call ahead or visit school admission websites to confirm tour schedules)
Take notes so that you'll be able to remind yourself of details from the tours and info sessions


Take ACT
Continue to do online research and schedule visits whenever possible
Meet with College Counselor
Continue refining your college list and plan your senior year classes


Take Advanced Placement (AP) exams, if applicable
Work with your advisor and College Counselor to choose senior classes
Take SAT Reasoning Test
Ask teachers to write recommendations


Take SAT Subject Tests or SAT Reasoning

Visit college campuses, if possible, and interview where available

Start working on your college essays

Fill out Common Application after August 1 (www.commonapp.org)

Senior Year


Attend sessions in the College Counseling Office with visiting college admissions officers


Narrow list of colleges to which to apply with your college counselor
Attend sessions in the College Counseling Office with visiting college admissions officer
Decide whether to apply Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA), if appropriate.
Visit colleges on long weekends
If applying for financial aid, fill out the CSS PROFILE registration form
Begin submitting applications with rolling deadlines (if any)
Retake SAT Reasoning Test, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests if necessary


Contact colleges which require alumni interviews. These can be arranged on campus with a local alumnus.
Finalize your college list
Remember to check Early Decision (ED)/Early Action (EA) application deadlines
Retake SAT Subject Tests or SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT, if necessary
If applying for financial aid, submit the completed CSS PROFILE
Finalize application essays and applications, if applying EA/ED
Complete your applications, if applying EA/ED


Confirm final college list online with your College Counselor for all regular decision applications
Retake SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests (if necessary)
Finalize applications with December 31 and January 1 deadlines


DEADLINES: Submit any applications due January 1 or later

If applying for financial aid, file FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1
DEADLINE: Submit any applications due January 15


Continue to focus on your classes
Remember: colleges consider final senior grades and, in many cases, matriculation is contingent upon strong academic performance through senior year


Visit colleges and universities to which you have been admitted
Decide which college to attend
Notify all other colleges to which you were admitted that you will be enrolling elsewhere


Remember to reply to colleges by Nationwide Candidate Reply Date on May 1
If applicable, decide whether or not to remain on any waitlists and communicate your decision to the colleges in question

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