Senior year is often an extremely busy time, with schoolwork, activities, and special events. Be sure to stay on track with the college admissions process. Get organized, be aware of deadlines, and don’t procrastinate. With any forethought as a junior, you will have done much of your preliminary work and will be able to hit this list running. Start early nonetheless.
The School Counseling Activity Calendar and Senior Smoke Signals, a publication produced by the School Counseling Department will help keep you up-to-date with deadlines and events throughout your senior year. The Senior Smoke Signals is posted on this web site monthly for seniors and their parents.
That long, long list of things to do spells out the various subjects that you are going to have to juggle. You are going to have to:
- Have your prospective major identified
- Have you potential schools identified
- Be prepared in case you choose to file an early admission application
- Begin your search for scholarship money in earnest
- Write scholarship essays
- Submit scholarship applications
- Write, if necessary. college admission essays.
- Take SAT or ACT if you are going to strike for higher scores.
- Arrange for letters of recommendation
- Complete and submit college applications
- Prepare to submit FAFSA forms
- and that is all before the New Year --- and then after New Year
- File financial aid forms and documents
- Follow up on your applications
- Send your fall semester grades to the colleges to which you have applied.
- Follow up on financial aid information
- Compare financial aid packages
- Continue applying for scholarship dollars
- Make your college decision
- Oh, yeah and take challenging courses and keep your grades up!
- Not much to it, eh? Get busy! And, remember DEADLINES! There are always deadlines.
The Calendar and monthly Smoke Signals will give you clues about staying on schedule, but its going to be up to you.
Attention Males 17 & 18 Years of Age - Males 17 & 18 years old are reminded that when you turn 18, it is your civic responsibility to register with the Selective Service. Registering with the Selective Service is a federal law and those who fail to register may be denied student loans, job training, government jobs, and driver's licenses in most states. You can get a Selective Service registration card at your local post office or register online at https://www.usa.gov/selective-service