Senior Year College Planning

Year-long Checklist


Follow this checklist and carefully note all deadlines


  • Maintain a challenging and rigorous schedule of classes, as this level of course work is the best preparation for academic success in college.
  • Attend your “Senior Conference” as scheduled by your counselor.
  • Complete your “Senior Information Survey” and Resume in Naviance.
  • Send to colleges for a catalog, application for admission and Financial Aid Information.
  • Register for SAT I See registration deadlines.
  • Register for SAT II if required.
  • Register for ACT if necessary.
  • Attend information sessions with college representatives and check when open houses are at the colleges you are interested in applying to.
  • Register for the NCAA Clearinghouse if you plan on playing Division I or II Athletics.
  • Do well in all of your classes, first quarter grades are important.
  • Before the financial aid process begins, you must apply for a PIN (personal identification number) from the US Department of Education . This will allow you to electronically file your FAFSA form.


  • Decide if you will be applying to any schools as an early decision or early action candidate and if so, follow through ASAP.
  • Respectfully, and in a timely manner, request letters of recommendation from your teachers. Ask them in person first, then officially through Naviance account.
  • Begin completing college admissions applications either through the Common Application, SUNY APP or direct application.
  • Request your counselor to send your records to the colleges where you have applied-Pick up the Green Transcript Request Form at Guidance to do this. 
  • Note carefully deadlines for college applications and admissions tests.
  • Check to see if the colleges you are applying to require the CSS Financial Profile. 
  • Obtain FAFSA (Federal Aid Form) online.
  • Check deadlines for scholarship and financial aid information. (This is your responsibility) 
  • Attend College Fair(s)
  • Attend Financial Aid Night


  • Attend College Fair(s)
  • Take the SAT.
  • Obtain Financial Aid materials from each college you are considering.


  • See that all records, recommendations and applications have been sent as required by colleges.
  • Continue to take care of getting good grades. Colleges want your first semester report card as part of your application.                             


  • Focus on mid-year and final exams – all of the schools you applied to will ask for and receive your mid-year/7th semester grades.

February, March, April, May

  • Waiting period for acceptance letters.
  • Continue to do your best work. The quality of your work cannot be allowed to deteriorate. College acceptances are provisional until your final grades are received!
  • Notify your counselor of your college acceptances as well as your final choice.
  • Show your counselor all letters of acceptance and letters awarding scholarships and other financial aid. That’s how you get a star on the Guidance Wall!!
  • Withdraw applications where you will not attend, as this may make room for someone else.
  • Complete and return the local scholarship applications you received in your English classes.