Senior Action Calendar

There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re applying to college. Use this calendar to get an overview of the college application process and the deadlines you have to meet.

 It is only a general guide and does not apply to all colleges. Consult application materials, admission offices and college websites for the specific requirements and deadlines for each college.Remember to also check the financial aid calendar, to make sure you meet those important deadlines.

September

  • Contact your school counselor — your counselor plays a big role in helping you get into college. Meet to talk about your college plans and review your transcript.
  • Finalize your list of colleges. Be sure you list “safety” colleges, as well as “probable” and “reach” colleges. Review college applications and informational materials. Organize materials into separate files by college.
  • If you plan to apply through an early decision or early action program, get started on your applications right away. Deadlines for early applications tend to be in November.
  • Begin working on your college essays. Think of topics that focus on your experiences and make you stand out from the crowd.
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October

  • Ask your counselor, teachers or employers for letters of recommendation. Give them plenty of time to meet your deadlines and be sure to provide them with stamped and addressed envelopes.
  • If you take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests this month, make sure your scores are sent to each of your colleges.
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November

  • Submit early decision and early action applications on time.
  • Work hard at completing your college essays. Proofread them rigorously for mistakes.
  • Follow up to ensure that letters of recommendation are sent on time to meet your deadlines.
  • Send applications as early as possible for colleges with rolling deadlines (that is, admission decisions are made as applications are received).
  • If you take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests this month, make sure your scores are sent to each of your colleges.
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December

  • Try to wrap up college applications before winter break. Make copies of each application before you send it.
  • If you take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests this month, make sure your scores are sent to each of your colleges.
  • Contact the financial aid office at the colleges on your list to see what financial aid forms they require.

January

  • Have your counselor send your first-semester grades to colleges that require a midyear grade report.

February

  • Contact your colleges and confirm that all necessary application materials have been received.
  • Continue to perform well in school and don’t get senioritis; colleges want to see strong second-semester grades.
  • Register for AP Exams you want to take in May.
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March

  • Read carefully any admission decisions that arrive this month; some may require action on your part.
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April

  • Read carefully any admission decisions and compare the financial aid award letters that arrive this month; some may require action on your part.
  • Make a final decision, and mail the enrollment form and deposit check to the college you select before the May 1 enrollment deadline (for most colleges).
  • Notify each of the colleges that accepted you but that you will not attend of your decision, so that your spot can be freed up for another student.
  • If you’re on a waiting list, contact the admission office and let them know of your continued interest in the college; update them on your spring semester grades and activities.
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May

  • If you take any AP Exams, make sure your AP score report is sent to your college.
  • Study hard for final exams. Most admission offers are contingent on your final grades.
  • Thank your counselor, teachers, employers and anyone else who wrote letters of recommendation for you or otherwise helped with your college applications.

June

  • Have your counselor send your final transcript to your chosen college.
  • If you plan on competing in Division I or Division II college sports, have your counselor send your final transcript to the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse.

Summer

  • Make travel plans; book early for the best prices.
  • Shop for items you need for college.
  • Make sure to sign up for first-year orientation.
  • Plan your first-semester courses. Choose subjects that interest you and may become your college major.

 

Sources from uncsli.weebly.com.

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