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

September

  • Meet college representatives at the fall mini fairs

October

  • Take the PSAT.
  • Attend panels about college admissions at Fall Family Weekend covering topics such as current admission trends, advice from admissions deans, financial aid, and athletic recruitment.

November

  • Naviance accounts will be assigned to assist in exploration of colleges
  • Consider visiting a college over long weekend or in the early part of Thanksgiving break.

January

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

February

  • 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

March

  • 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

April

  • 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

May

  • 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

Summer

  • 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

September

  • Attend sessions in the College Counseling Office with visiting college admissions officers
  • Meet college representatives at the fall mini fairs

October

  • 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

November

  • 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

December

  • 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

January

  • 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

February

  • 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

April

  • 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

May

  • 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
  • Commencement!

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