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Senior Calendar (Sept. - Dec.)

August 29, 2017


  • Narrow your list of college choices to about 3 to 9 schools.
  • Contact colleges and visit their websites. Make notes of application deadlines.
  • Save time and complete the Common Application.
  • Check what score these colleges require on the ACT, SAT and make sure to sign up to take either just the ACT or both!
  • If you plan on participating in college athletics, now is the time to contact coaches. Register for NCAA Clearinghouse.
  • Schedule college visits and interviews. Call for an appointment.
  • If you are completing applications for Early Decision or Early Action, know your deadlines and meet with your school counselor early.
  • Create a resume.
  • Check with your high school to find out when Financial Aid Night is; plan to attend this important event with your parents.
  • Financial Aid: Register for your FAFSA PIN 


  • ​Check with each college  to which you are applying to determine if the Financial Aid Profile is required.
  • Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. You can complete it online here.
  • Ask 1-3 teachers, one administrator, one coach, and one employer  to write a letter of recommendation. Give them at least 2 weeks advanced notice and give them a copy of your resume.
  • Write your college essay and ask your English teacher to proof read it.
  • Prepare and study for the ACT!
  • Inform your parents and school counselor what colleges you will be applying for.
  • If you have not already done so, call to schedule college visits and interviews.


  • Review and revise your college essay(s). Ask your teacher to read your essay
  • Complete your college applications.  Make copies of your work
  • If you are submitting the Common Application to schools, be sure to download any supplements required by specific schools. You can find out which schools require supplements at www.commonapp.org.
  • Perform a scholarship search --start in your Guidance Office for local and state scholarship information.  (Note: Scholarship applications do not cost money. NEVER pay to apply for any scholarship.) Use a worksheet to keep track of your scholarships to keep you on course.
  • Many deadlines for Early Action/Decision are in November and December. Play it safe.  Be sure admission applications are received by colleges prior to deadlines.
  • If you are planning to play a sport in college, have you registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse yet? You can apply online at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net  There is a fee to apply, but you may qualify for a few waiver - ask your athletic department or counselor.


  • Finish your applications. Be sure to proofread and proofread again.  Make copies of your applications. Submit applications, supporting materials along with the application fee or fee waiver.  Contact your School Counselor to find out if you are eligible for a fee waiver.
  • Be sure your School Counselor knows where to send your transcripts.  If you are submitting the Common Application to schools, remember to download the School Report and Mid-Year Report forms for your school counselor to complete.
  • Research national, state and local scholarships.  Update your worksheet where you are keeping track of scholarships.
  • Check in the Guidance Counselor or on the website for updates to local scholarship applications.  Search more scholarships at fastweb.com.  
  • Have you and your parents visited schools yet?
  • Highly selective institutions usually have earlier application deadlines. Be sure you meet deadlines.  Missed deadlines are missed opportunities to be considered for admission.

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