College Planning Senior Year

AUGUST/ SEPTEMBER

  • In early August schedule an appointment to see College Counseling. One or both of your parents should plan to attend with you. You should bring your completed resume and be ready to discuss the list of schools to which you will apply. This meeting will center on creating a TO DO list with deadlines for the application process.
  • If you are considering applying Early Decision, Early Action, or Early Notification, you must let College Counseling know at this point.
  • Ask two teachers and one person outside school to write recommendations for you. Provide each person you ask with a copy of your resume. Explain that their letter should be anecdotal in nature, providing specific examples of the qualities they establish as indicative of you. Do not forget to thank these people properly. Writing a letter of recommendation takes time and effort. Show your appreciation.
  • Begin working on your applications. Concentrate on polishing essay/s. Essays are important and will require that you put forth diligent effort well in advance of due dates.
  • Contact Financial Aid Offices at colleges to which you are applying to receive scholarship and financial aid information from those schools.
  • Register for the October and/or the November SAT. Be sure to send scores from the testing agency to the colleges to which you are applying.
  • Continue to concentrate on doing well in your classes. Regardless of what you may have heard, senior grades do count.
  • Continue to visit schools that interest you. Make contact with admission office personnel. Write thank you notes after returning home.
  • Take September ACT if you have planned to do so.

OCTOBER

  • Continue to concentrate on doing well in your classes.
  • Stay in close contact with College Counseling. Check the Daily Announcements and the bulletin board outside College Counseling Office for important information.
  • Contact Financial Aid Offices at colleges to which you are applying to receive scholarship and financial aid information from those schools.
  • Your first application must be completed and turned in to the College Counseling Office by October 1.
  • Any Early Decision/Early Action/Early Notification application with a November 1 deadline must be turned into the College Counseling Office by October 18.
  • Take full advantage of the SAT Prep Workshop offered on campus for Hammond seniors. Listen carefully. Ask questions. Listen as others ask questions.
  • Register for December SAT II’s (if required by the colleges to which you are applying).
  • Prepare for and take the October SAT. Be sure you have sent scores from testing agency to the college to which you are applying.
  • Visit colleges. Make contacts in college admission offices. Write thank you notes after you return home.

NOVEMBER

  • Continue to concentrate on doing well in your classes. Your GPA will be refigured at the end of the semester, and your first semester grades will be sent to the colleges to which you have applied.
  • Stay in close contact with College Counseling. Check Naviance Daily Announcements and bulletin board outside College Counseling Office regularly.
  • Take the November SAT if you need to do so. Be sure you have sent scores from testing agency to the college to which you are applying.
  • Continue working on applications. Be aware of application and scholarship deadlines.
  • Any Early Decision/Early Action/Early Notification applications with November 15 deadlines must be turned into the College Counseling Office by November 1.
  • Any application with a December 1 deadline must be turned into the College Counseling Office by November 15.
  • Attend Financial Aid Night late November/early December.
  • Contact Financial Aid Offices at colleges to which you are applying to receive scholarship and financial aid information from those schools.

DECEMBER

  • Continue to concentrate on doing well in your classes. First semester exams are just around the corner. Your cumulative GPA at the end of first semester and your first semester grades will be sent to the colleges to which you have applied.
  • Stay in close contact with College Counseling. Check Daily Announcements and bulletin board outside College Counseling Office regularly.
  • Applications with December 15 deadlines should be turned into the College Counseling Office by December 1. 

Your goal should be to complete all applications by December 1. This deadline will allow you to concentrate on exam preparation and to enjoy your holidays.

  •  If for some reason you do not meet the above goal, any application with a January 1-6 deadline must be turned in by December 8.
  • Take December SAT II’s (if required by the colleges to which you are applying).
  • Contact Financial Aid Offices at colleges to which you are applying to receive scholarship and financial aid information from those schools.
  • If you have been admitted to a college by this time, remember that your admission is conditional on your first and second semester senior year grades being at or above the level at which they stood when you were admitted.
  • Remember to notify the College Counseling Office of all accept/deny/defer decisions as soon as you get them.
  • If you are admitted Early Decision, be sure to withdraw in writing your other applications.
  • If you have a 3.0 and wish to qualify for the Life Scholarship but have not scored 1100 on the SAT, be sure to register for the January SAT.

JANUARY

  • Although you will be tempted to lose focus this semester, resist the temptation. Your end of the year grades are sent to the college at which you have been conditionally accepted. If you are enrolled in AP courses, those end of the year exams are extremely important as well.
  • If you have a 3.0 and wish to qualify for the Life Scholarship but have not scored 1100 on the SAT, prepare for and take the January SAT.
  • Any application with a January 15 deadline should be turned into the College Counseling Office no later than January 6.
  • The final deadline for all applications to be turned into the College Counseling Office is January 15 regardless of the deadline set by the college.

FEBRUARY

  • Many seniors will have received decisions from the colleges to which they have applied. Please keep the College Counseling Office posted on all decisions.
  • Some colleges will request additional information before making an admission decision. You are responsible for notifying the College Counseling Office if additional information is requested.
  • If you have a 3.0 and wish to qualify for the Life Scholarship but have not scored 1100 on the SAT, register to take the March SAT.

MARCH

  • College decisions will continue to arrive, and you must begin deciding which college you will eventually attend. College Counseling will be glad to discuss this with you.
  • Keep the College Counseling Office posted as decisions arrive.
  • If you have a 3.0 and wish to qualify for the Life Scholarship but have not scored 1100 on the SAT, prepare for and take the March SAT.
  • If you have a 3.0 and wish to qualify for the Life Scholarship but have not scored 1100 on the SAT, register to take the May SAT.
  • Register for the May/June SAT II’s (if required by the college/s to which you are applying or will attend).

APRIL

  • Stay focused…especially in AP courses.
  • By mid-April you will receive decisions from all colleges.
  • Carefully choose your college based on all of the information you have gathered. Once again, College Counseling will be glad to discuss your choices with you.
  • Write a letter of acceptance to the college you wish to attend and enclose required deposits.
  • Write letters declining acceptances at colleges you do not plan to attend.
  • Notify the College Counseling Office of your final decision.
  • If you have a 3.0 and wish to qualify for the Life Scholarship but have not scored 1100 on the SAT, prepare for the May SAT.

MAY

  • Notify all colleges of enrollment intentions by May 1. Place only one deposit.
  • If you have a 3.0 and wish to qualify for the Life Scholarship but have not scored 1100 on the SAT, prepare for and take the May SAT.
  • Prepare for and take AP Exams.
  • Take May SAT II’s if required by college which you will attend.
  • Complete the year in as strong a position as possible so as not to risk losing your conditional acceptance.
  • GRADUATE!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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