Senior Action Plan
- Research your Top 10 colleges with the purpose of narrowing down to a Top 3–5.
- Visit colleges of interest and attend college fairs
- Determine if you are applying for a major that may require higher admission standards
- Fill out college applications early! Some colleges need applications in by October 1st for certain housing and scholarship options
- Sign up and take the SAT test. Multiple attempts will help increase your score.
- Sign up and take the ACT test. Multiple attempts will help increase your score.
- Check with college of choice about TSI test scores. Are they required?
- Take the ASVAB for career explorations.
- Narrow your list of potential colleges to 1–2 “stretch schools” where you might be on the lower GPA and SAT®/ACT® score average, 1–2 “strong match schools” where you meet the schools’ average GPA and SAT/ACT average, and 1 “fallback school” that you are certain you will get into
- Determine application options (early decision, early action, or regular decision)
- Apply to Texas schools and/or out of state schools
- Update résumé.
- Access your unofficial transcript from your Skyward account. Order an official transcript from Parchment to send with the application for admissions.
- Determine which AP exams you are going to take and register
- Compute final GPA to be submitted on applications
- Ask select teachers/counselors/others to write letters of recommendation
- Students and parents apply for their FSA ID needed for completing the FAFSA application.
- Complete the FAFSA application and worksheet and submit FAFSA as soon as possible
- Revise college essays for submission
- Submit public college applications online
- Submit applications if applying “early decision”
- Be sure you include courses you’ve taken as dual credit or at a community college on your applications
- Continue filling out scholarships, with a minimum of 1 scholarship for the month of October
- Attend local college fairs. Visit college campuses. Remember you get two college visit days in your senior year.
- Submit applications for private colleges/universities.
- Research financial aid requirements and deadlines.
- Continue filling out scholarships, with a minimum of 3 scholarships in November and (Look into scholarships at the college/university that you plan to attend. Ask about their general scholarship application.)
- Make sure all test scores (SAT, ACT, AP®) have been submitted to colleges/universities where you have applied
- Continue filling out scholarships, with a minimum of 2 scholarships for the month of January
- Research dorm applications and deadlines
- Enroll and take English and Math Placement Tests for colleges.
- Continue applying for scholarships, with a minimum of 3 scholarships for February and
- At the end of March, follow up with colleges that you haven’t heard from to be sure they have everything they need (transcript, SAT/ACT scores, essays, fee waiver, ).
- Attend AP study sessions and mock exams if you are signed up to take an AP exam
- Continue applying for scholarships, with a minimum of 2 scholarships for April (Look into scholarships at the college/university that you plan to attend.)
- Be sure to submit your housing application to the school that you plan to attend
- Take AP exams. Be sure test scores are sent to the appropriate colleges
- Be sure you send official transcripts from courses taken at the community college to the college you will attend
- Order official transcripts from Parchment
- Continue applying for scholarships, with a minimum of 2 scholarships for May. (Look into scholarships at the college/university that you plan to attend.)
- Send deposits for housing (if you haven’t already).
- See your physician for a meningitis shot- requirement to attend college
- Notify schools that you are not attending
- Accept financial aid and determine if you need to accept student loans (consider tuition, housing, and books).
- FIND OUT HOW TO LOG IN TO CAMPUS WEBSITE AND YOUR STUDENT EMAIL. A lot of important emails may come to the new college email, and you will miss it if you aren’t checking.
- Attend freshman orientation
- Enroll in classes
- Send official score reports to college from ACT/SAT
- Continue to apply for scholarships
- Send final transcript to the college you are attending.
- Order official transcripts from Parchment