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 (www.fafsa.ed.gov (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.