College planning checklist for seniors
September - October
• Attend your senior conference.
• Start to finalize college choices in
categories of "reach" colleges, "comfortable" colleges and "safety"
• Applications for any SUNY two or four year
colleges are available in the Guidance Office or fill out an application
online at www.suny.edu. Applications for some private colleges are
available in the Guidance Office or on their websites.
• Many colleges participate in the "common
application" and it can be filled out online at
• Start a list of application deadlines.
• Early Decision - if admitted through this
option the student plans on enrolling and will withdraw applications
from other colleges.
• Early Action - apply and receive a decision on
acceptance before the regular admission deadline.
• Rolling Admission - apply and receive a
decision as soon as all required documentation has been filed.
• Register to take or retake any SAT, ACT or SAT
• Request at least two letters of
recommendations from either teachers, club advisors, employers or
coachesWrite essays for applications.
• File out the college PROFILE form for any college
that requires it at
November - January
• Take or retake any SAT, ACT or SAT II
• Fill out completed applications and bring them
to the Guidance Office on or near December 1
with a check for $1.00 per application to cover mailing expenses.
Applications can also be filed online. If you file online, make sure you
notify the Guidance Office so that transcripts can be sent out.
• Attend Financial Aid Information Night,
which is typically held some time in early December. Contact the
Guidance office to find out when it will be held.
• The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal
Student Aid) can be filed any time after January 1. The forms are
available in the Guidance Office or can be filed online at
www.fafsa.ed.gov. Also check to see if colleges have institutional
• Check the Guidance Office for any scholarship
• File the form for the NCAA if you plan on
participating in college athletics.
February - April
• Send out Financial Aid forms.
• Send out midyear grade reports.
• Letters of acceptance or denial for admission
should start arriving.
• Financial Aid award letters should arrive,
so keep checking your mail!
• Visit colleges/universities to help with your
decision making process.
Evaluate your financial aid offers and make a decision about where you
will be attending by May 1.
• Send in your deposit by the deadline.