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College and Career Readiness - Start Early!

Senior To Do List

  • Fall

    • Retake ACTs (September, October, or December)

    • Visit with college reps when they visit school

    • Visit colleges

    • Apply to colleges (all that you're interested in attending, not just one)

    • File FAFSA (opens October 1 - some colleges have financial aid priority deadlines of December 1)

    • Start looking and applying for scholarships (most local ones will come out shortly after the New Year, but some colleges have December 1 deadlines)

    • Apply for college housing (usually under the Campus Life tab)

  • Spring

    • Apply for scholarships!!!

    • Complete and submit paperwork for financial assistance such as loans, grants, etc. (you do not have to take out all of the loans that have been offered to you - you can reduce or refuse them)

    • Sign up for a summer orientation session at the college you'll be attending

    • Let colleges that you have been accepted to but will not be attending know of your plans (contact their admissions office)


  • Explore colleges - look online, visit with reps when they visit school, visit colleges, go to college fairs

  • Explore different major options - look at programs of study at different colleges, take a variety of classes, take interest inventories, job shadow

  • Prepare for the ACTs (start studying now and test in the spring - February, April, June, or July)

Freshmen and Sophomores

  • It's all about exploring your different career options - work, military, college!

  • Take a variety of classes

  • Get involved in different extracurricular activities and volunteer experiences (Silver Cord hours!)

  • Start looking at different careers/majors

  • Start looking at the option of college classes if you are not already taking them

  • Work hard and keep your grades up - GPA matters!!!

Contact Information

Detra Harle

9-12 School Counselor

North Union High School

600 4th Avenue

Armstrong, IA 50514

Phone: (712) 868-3542

Fax: (712) 868-3550