College Admissions Timelines
It’s time to get busy!
· Think about your college choice. Talk with your guidance counselor or your financial
aid officer about your options.
· Take the PSAT; consider the ACT/SAT in the Spring
· Start searching for scholarships on the web
Summer after Junior Year
· Visit college campuses; ask college friends for advice.
· Request applications and brochures from your top college choices and visit their Web sites.
· Practice application essays by writing sample drafts
Senior Year: Fall
· Organize your applications by creating files for your target schools.
List application requirements and deadlines.
· Take the ACT and/or SAT
· Request letters for recommendation form teachers and community
· November: If you’re applying through Early Action or Early Decision, submit your application this month.
· If you are planning to enroll in summer classes’ right after graduation, you must obtain a PIN number and complete your Free Application for
Federal Student Aid. (FAFSA) You will use the 2005 Income Tax Return.
Senior Year: Winter
· Work on those college applications. Many applications are due in
· January: File the Free Application for Student Aid. (FAFSA) You will use the
2006 Income Tax Return.
· Check with your prospective colleges about additional financial aid application forms
Senior Year: Spring
- Check the mail for admissions letters and financial aid awards.
· Compare your admissions offers. Ask your guidance counselor to help you weigh your options.
· Time for a decision! Most schools ask that you choose your school by May 1st. (Every school
has different deadlines!!! Know those deadlines!
· May: Don’t forget to notify schools you have decided not to attend.
· Double check deadlines for housing, financial aid, etc.
· Send your final transcripts to your new school.