College Admission Checklist - Seniors
q Make a list of college selection factors that reflect your goals. Rank them in order of importance.
q Self-Assessment: Goal, GPA, ACT/SAT/SAT II scores
q Review college requirements from websites or catalogs
q Visit several colleges
q Compare colleges: take notes, complete worksheet, discuss facts with parents
q Develop rough draft of college essay for UC/private college admission
q Have Literature/Composition teacher review essay
q Students planning to apply to colleges should test no later than November
q Verify a challenging senior class schedule; complete at least four academic courses
q Request college information from college admission offices
q Schedule fall interviews (usually with private universities)
q Determine filing dates for private college admission applications
q Register for college admission testing: SAT or ACT in October, SAT or SAT II in November. Be sure to meet mail deadlines if mailing registration
q Request any college applications from college admission offices
q Filing period for CSU schools (October 1 – November 30) and UC schools November 1-30.
q Request any needed letters of recommendation. A resume and college forms for your Academic Advisor to complete should be given to your advisor no later than November 1. Ask teacher as soon as possible to write a letter of recommendation and provide them with a resume also.
REMINDER: When requesting written letters of recommendation, also provide a stamped envelope addressed to the college or university.
q If necessary, contact College Board and/or ACT to request test scores to be sent to colleges to which you are making application.
q Plan on applying to several colleges (4 or 5 is the general rule). It is best to apply to more than one college unless admission is not competitive. Remember that meeting admission requirements does not guarantee admission to most universities.
q Take college admission tests, if needed
q Begin scholarship search and apply. Remember that there are many scholarships available that do not use “need” as the sole criteria.
q Continue research on scholarships and financial aid
q Some colleges begin to send acceptance notices
q Study for finals; keep up your grades
q Mail financial aid applications in early January; money tends to become unavailable later in the school year.
q Complete and mail the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after January 1st.
q More college acceptance notices are sent
q Visit colleges offering you admission; make your final decision
q If planning on attending a California college or university, complete and mail in the GPA Verification Form
q If taking Advanced Placement courses, prepare for Advanced Placement Exams in May
q Grant and Scholarship winners are announced
q Notify your Academic Advisor of your college acceptance and of your scholarships/grants received
q Send “thank you” notes to all who helped