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Senior Year


  • Meet with your counselor early in the fall semester to review your transcript and discuss college plans.
  • Continue to attend college fairs, visit college campuses, and/or meet with representatives at Fenton.
  • Narrow down your college choices and be prepared to apply online. After you apply online, notify your counselor that you’ve applied and print out the “counselor sheet” if applicable.
  • Make a rough draft of your college essay(s) and have a teacher or counselor review it in the early fall.
  • Make sure you check each individual school’s deadlines and requirements, and adhere strictly to them. Some schools have a priority deadline as early as November 15.
  • Ask teachers, counselors, and others for letters of recommendation if the school to which you are applying requires them. Give them at least 2 weeks advance notice and provide them with a resume of your academic honors and extracurricular activities.
  • Keep copies of everything you send.
  • If you are re-taking the ACT or SAT, take them in September and/or October and have your scores sent directly to the colleges to which you plan to apply.
  • If you have questions regarding your admission to a school, do not hesitate to contact an admissions officer. Be persistent. Colleges want to hear from you; it shows your interest in their school.
  • Apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible. Check the guidance website for the Online Scholarship Bulletin and community scholarship information.
  • Apply for need-based financial aid as soon after January 1 as possible. You can apply online ( (link is external)) or you can obtain a paper copy of the FAFSA in the guidance office.
  • Visit colleges to which you have applied, if you haven’t already.
  • Take the Advanced Placement exams in May if you are eligible. AP exams give you the opportunity to earn credit and/or advanced standing at most colleges/universities.
  • Make your final choice and notify school(s) no later than May 1. Send acceptance letters and any necessary documents and deposits to your school of choice. Write a polite letter of refusal to others.
  • Continue to give your best effort academically—colleges want students that have taken their senior year seriously.