12th Grade: A Timeline for Seniors and Parents
- Register for October and November SAT (SAT I) and Sept/Oct ACT tests.
- Meet with your high school college advisor to review college lists and graduation requirements.
- Call any college you have not contacted for applications; organize your files, photocopy applications, begin to fill out rough drafts.
- Gather financial records.
- Decide the number of colleges and cost of applying: download the Three Tiered List.
- Submit PROFILE registration form for colleges requiring PROFILE.
- ACT if the test is in September.
- Work on rough drafts of college essays.
- Watch for scholarships.
- Fill out your Deadline Calendar and give your college advisor a copy.
- Enroll in Forest Charter College Advisory Class.
- Register for December ACT/SAT I/SAT Subject Tests.
- Take ACT/SAT I/SAT Subject Tests.
- Attend all college info programs.
- Finish research, compare colleges, reduce your list to between 6–10 schools.
- Plan visits to colleges and schedule interviews (always send a thank-you card).
- Attend college weekends.
- Continue to work on rough drafts of college essays and applications.
- Send in “Early Decision” or “Early Action” applications.
- Begin UC/CSU applications.
- Keep watching for scholarships.
- Attend a Forest Charter Financial Aid Information Meeting.
- Send in UC and CSU applications as early in the month as possible.
- Take the SAT I or SAT Subject Tests.
- Register for December SAT if you haven’t already.
- Finish all rough drafts of essays and go over them with college counselor, parents, and teachers.
- Complete Brag Packet and submit to the people writing letters of recommendation for you.
- Apply to your “choice colleges” and make sure all necessary paperwork has been turned in.
- Observe deadlines; send in transcripts and test scores.
- Keep your grades up! Colleges do look at semester and year-end grades.
- Take SAT I or SAT Subject Tests.
- Work on and send in private college applications as you finish them.
- Plan holiday visits to schools.
- Mail ROTC if applicable.
- Collect Financial Aid information packet and pick up your FAFSA form and Cal Grant materials.
- Talk to your ST about signing up for any applicable AP Test.
- Request 7th semester transcripts to be sent to colleges that request them. Download the Mid-Year Report.
- Check with teachers, counselor, and colleges to ensure all forms have been mailed.
- Let your college advisor know your first choice colleges.
- Stay in contact with your representative at those colleges. Ask if you can send any additional academic or talent information or letters.
- Watch application deadlines.
- Keep sending your applications. It is not too late to apply to many colleges.
- FAFSA and Cal Grant material may be sent anytime after January 1st.
- Check that the college has received financial, test scores, and all other forms. Can you apply for housing now?
- Some college acceptance letters may arrive. Inform your counselor when you hear from a college.
- Pursue scholarship options. Watch for due dates!
- Stay calm—enjoy your senior year.
- Send thank-you letters to teachers, employers, and anyone who has helped you.
- Talk to any community colleges you are applying to and get applications for these schools.
- Submit tax forms to the Financial Aid office of colleges that request them.
- Send any new material that may help colleges.
- Watch for arrival of Student Aid Report (SAR), which gives amount of student aid for which you are eligible. Make sure your colleges receive it. Keep the original.
- Register for AP tests.
- All colleges should respond this month.
- Decide where you wish to go. Revisit if necessary when making tough choices. Go to information meetings you are invited to. Write to the college you accept as well as to those you do not. Inform your college advisor and teachers of your decision.
- Wait-listed? Write “pleading letter” and ask for help. Most colleges don’t decide wait lists until June/July.
- Submit applications to community college if you are going there. Take placement tests.
- Start looking for summer jobs.
- Mail in deposit to one college by May 1st. Sign and return your financial aid letter, if you received one, to accept it.
- Fill out loan applications.
- UC – Subject A exam.
- CSU – placement exams.
- AP exams.
- Fill out all housing forms, if available.
- Congrats, graduate!!! Enjoy your summer . . . you’ve earned it!
- Turn in your final transcript request to college advisor.
- Attend all advising days, open houses, orientation programs, and registration days offered by your college.
- Read books on how to survive in college—physically, emotionally, and academically.
- Send thank-you cards for any scholarships you have received.
Source: UCSD college counseling workshop 2003