Senior College Planning Checklist187.11 KB

For our seniors, the last year of high school marks a significant transition. For some, they will attend a 2 or 4-year college. For others, they will go to a technical school to complete some type of vocational training. Then, there will be those who will go straight to the work place. For those planning on attending college, we encourage our high school seniors to do the following:

1. Take an ACT test. An ACT test is a standardized test which assess a student’s academic readiness for college. Most colleges require an ACT test during the application process. The counselor’s office has information regarding the ACT.

2. Go on a college visits. Many universities have senior days where students can tour the campus and talk to an admissions representative. For some universities, there are junior days for high school juniors.

3. After reviewing all the information, consider what is important to you. Are you wanting to live on campus or at home? Are you thinking about doing your general education requirements at a community college first and then transfer to a four-year university? How will you pay for college? Will you work and go to school at the same time? Will there be scholarships? It would be wise to write out the pros and cons as you compare what the different schools have to offer.

4. Apply to the colleges. This will be done online. Most will require a fee to apply. Colleges will ask for your ACT and transcripts. Both of these items can be sent to the college from our office. In addition, when you sign up to take an ACT, it will ask you to indicate which colleges you would like your ACT score to be sent.

5. Be aware of scholarship deadlines. For institutional scholarships, many colleges have a November 1st deadline. It will be important to ensure that your ACT test has been completed prior to that as many schools will use the ACT test score and the GPA to determine scholarship winners.

6. When in doubt, please use the counselor’s office. It is our job to help you navigate this particular process.

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