Fall

  • Continue to take a full course load of college-prep courses.
  • Keep working on your grades. Make sure you've taken the courses necessary to graduate in the spring.
  • Continue to participate in extracurricular and volunteer activities. Demonstrate initiative, creativity, commitment and leadership in each.
  • Establish your college short list, keeping it to no more than eight, but preferably five to six.
  • Share the list with your parents, friends, counselor and relatives for feedback and advice.
  • Visit college representatives at your school and if possible, attend classes in the subjects you are interested in. It’s time to start making some real decisions so use this opportunity.
  • Use college websites to learn more about academic programs, activities… and request additional information (including financial aid/housing).
  • Begin to file rolling admission/regular decision applications.
  • Write essays for colleges that require them. Proofread at least three times and prepare final drafts.
  • Provide personalized recommendation forms to those you’ve chosen.
  • Send test scores (some schools are optional) and transcripts to colleges you’ve applied to. 
  • Register for CSS Profile and/or FAFSA for financial aid consideration. FAFSA is available for submission starting October 1.
  • Keep a checklist or calendar to make sure you meet your deadlines. It’s crunch time! 
  • Mail or send electronically any applications for early-decision and early-action admission by December 1 (for King's College).
  • Take/retake SAT/ACT when offered.

Winter

  • Continue to focus on your schoolwork!  If required, send midyear grade reports to colleges.
  • Find out if the colleges you are interested in require the SAT I, ACT Assessment, or SAT II Subject Tests for admission and take them when offered.
  • Get the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at FAFSA.gov This form is free.
  • Attend Open Houses and other Admission events and make appointments with faculty, financial aid or coaches.
  • Make sure you apply to at least one college that you know you can afford and will be accepted.
  • Follow up to make sure that the colleges have received all application information, including recommendations and test scores.
  • Meet with your counselor to verify that all applicable forms are in order and have been sent out to colleges.
  • If you receive Early Admission/Early Decisions, rank schools for preference.
  • Make sure you’ve visited every school you’re interested in and use that experience to weed out or strengthen your choices.
  • Attend financial aid information night at local colleges, if available.
  • Start watching your mailbox.  Look for acceptance packages and financial aid awards by December. 

Spring

  • Keep your grades up - it still matters!
  • Review SAR (Student Aid Report) from FAFSA carefully. 
  • Review financial aid packages from schools who accepted you carefully, comparing schools on an equal basis as much as possible.
    • Allow each school to explain details of cost such as meal and resdience policies. 
  • Revisit schools where accepted, if needed, to help you make your decision.
  • Go to college websites or social networking groups where you’ve been accepted and talk to future and current students as it’s a great way to decide if you fit in.
  • Make your final decision and discuss it with your parents or guardians.
  • Deposit to ONE school by May 1. Its non-refundable so be absolutely sure.
  • Notify all of the other schools that accepted you of your choice by May 1. 
  • If you’re wait-listed and still interested in that school, contact the admissions office.
  • Be sure that you have received a FAFSA acknowledgment.
  • Notify financial aid office if you have any special circumstances or private scholarship awards and to make sure you meet all financial aid requirements.
  • Complete follow-up paperwork for the college (scheduling, orientation session, housing arrangements and other necessary forms).
  • Throw away that stack of mail, which marks the completion of your college search!

Summer

  • Request that your guidance counselor send a final transcript to your college in June.
  • Receive the orientation schedule from your college.
  • Follow procedures for college housing and orientation.
  • Get residence hall assignment from your college. Contact your roommate and introduce yourself. 
  • Obtain course scheduling and cost information from your college.
  • Enjoy graduation and summer—you’ve earned it!  Good luck.