Senior Year

SEPTEMBER

  • Meet with your counselor to make sure you have registered for courses that still align with your college goals, and discuss the senior year timeline for applying to colleges.
  • Students interested in initiating relationships with colleges that offer athletic scholarships should talk to their guidance counselor to understand the process and opportunities.
  • Review college materials, college guidebooks, and other resources to narrow your college list. 
  • Begin to finalize your list of colleges with your family and guidance counselor.
  • Apply for Rotary Student of the Month if interested.
  • Make sure you have completed or are in the process of completing community service hours if you are vying for credit.
  • Consider visits, overnight stays, and interviews at your top college choices. Visit (personally or virtually) any colleges you have not already seen. Try to stay overnight with a current student to get the best feel for student life at the prospective college.
  • Register for one last shot at the SAT or ACT if you haven't taken one of them yet -- or if you aren't happy with earlier scores. Be sure to take the SAT Subject Tests, if required.
  • Begin thinking about teachers who would be willing to write strong letters of recommendation on your behalf.
  • Begin brainstorming ideas for your college essays.
  • Request (or download from college's website) any applications you do not have. Be sure to review each college's application requirements carefully.
  • Attend college fairs for one final review of college choices.
  • Be sure your senior year mix of classes still includes challenging, college-prep courses.
  • Stay focused on grades.

OCTOBER

  • Finalize your list of college choices to a reasonable number, ideally with one or more "stretch" schools and one "safety" school.
  • Create a file for each of your college choices - and keep all materials organized.
  • Consider creating a master schedule of all your application deadlines.
  • Begin working on drafts of your college essays.
  • Start working on college applications.
  • If you have a clear "first choice" college, consider applying for early decision.
  • Have the standardized testing service send your scores to your list of colleges.
  • Stay focused on grades.

NOVEMBER

  • Finalize drafts of your college essays, but only after numerous edits, rewrites, and reviews by people you trust (family, friends, teachers).
  • Complete college applications and put packets in the mail.
  • Be sure your guidance counselor knows your list of colleges, as well as your preferences.
  • Stay focused on grades.

DECEMBER

  • If you applied for early decision to a college, expect notification this month.
  • If not completed, finish and mail remainder of college applications.
  • Start detailed financial aid search, including outside sources for scholarships and loans.
  • Stay focused on grades.

Senior Registration

Senior Requirement Worksheet



Junior/Senior Electives



JANUARY

  • Stay focused on grades.

FEBRUARY

  • Complete the FAFSA, if possible. (You'll need your family's/guardian's tax records.)
  • Keep track of your college applications; be sure all schools have received all your materials.
  • Stay focused on grades.

MARCH

  • College decision letters begin arriving.
  • Celebrate your acceptances, decide about your wait lists, and deal positively with your rejections.

APRIL

  • Make a decision about your college choice from among the colleges that accepted you.
  • Notify all colleges (that accepted you) of your final decision. Submit tuition deposit to your college of choice.
  • Stay focused on grades.

MAY

  • Be sure to submit paperwork for room and board.
  • Stay focused on grades.

JUNE

  • Celebrate your high school success!
  • Send thank you notes (if you haven't already) to everyone who helped you this year.
  • Start planning for college.
  • Watch college's summer deadlines (orientations, housing options, registration, etc.) closely.