Senior Action Plan

  • August/September

    • 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

    October

    • 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.

    November/December

    • 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.)

    January

    • 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

    February/March

    • 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, ).

    April

    • 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

    May/Early June

    • 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
    • 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.

    Early Summer

    • 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.