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Senior Year

Meet with your counselor – Make sure you have all the credits needed for graduation.  Course selection is very important to colleges; they want to see you challenging yourself academically. 

Test –Use your 11th grade PSAT as a baseline score to prep for spring’s SAT and ACT.  PSAT will indicate areas of strength and weakness that you can work on before taking the SAT or ACT. 

*If you regularly receive accommodations on tests, contact your counselor for information on applying for appropriate accommodations on SAT and ACT.

Take a SAT/ACT prep class.  Last chance to re-test SAT or ACT

Keep making good grades – avoid senioritis as colleges will get a copy of your final transcript.

Stay involved.  This is a great time to mentor underclassmen.

Arrange for your final college visits

Apply to several colleges.  Each college has a different application fee so be aware.  Choose one college that is your “reach” school, one that could go either way, and apply to one “safety” school at least.

Once you have gotten accepted, apply for scholarships and housing

Record all deadlines on your envelope or calendar

Spring -Financial aid – Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Which college admissions process is best for you?
  • Regular Decision - Submit an application by the deadline and receive a decision in a clearly stated period of time.  Non-binding.
  • Rolling Admission - The college reviews applications as they are submitted and notify candidates of decisions throughout the admission cycle.  Non-binding.
  • Early Action - Apply early to a college of preference to receive an admissions decision in advance of the college's regular response date.  Non-binding.
  • Restrictive Early Action - Apply early to a college of preference and receive a decision early.  You may be restricted from applying Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Decision to other colleges.  Non-binding.
  • Early Decision - You are 100 percent sure that this is your first choice college.  You make a commitment when you submit the application that you will attend this college if admitted.  Binding.

If you would like to compare financial aid packages offered by colleges before making a decision, Early Decision is not the best option for you.

Some colleges only consider your GPA and standardized test scores during the Early Decision admissions process.  Research this and factor it into your decision about whether or not to apply Early Decision.

taken from:   www.counselorsguideoutlook.net

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