• Senior Timeline Calendar

    AUGUST / SEPTEMBER:

    • Make post-secondary education decisions.   Career planning. AKCIS (www.akcis.org),
    • Visit Ms. Beck to make sure that you are on track to graduate and are meeting the academic requirements for your desired program.
    • Begin school or program search and acquire admission applications and assorted information for a variety of schools/programs in which you may be interested.  Make a file for each prospective school with important dates.  Your list will be narrowed later.
    • Work on resume and personal essay.
    • Develop and organize a scholarship folder.
    • Register to take or retake the SAT and / or ACT tests.
    • Register with NCAA Eligibility Center if you intend to play college sports.

    OCTOBER:

    • Apply to schools with early admission application deadlines.
    • Continue your research and visit selected schools, if possible.
    • Attend post-secondary representative visits as advertised on the daily announcements.
    • Continue your search for scholarships at your schools of choice, online, and using our scholarship list.
    • Request teacher and counselor recommendations if required by the school of your choice (See Mrs. Luddington for recommendation form).
    • Ask for help editing college essays. Finalize your essay.
    • Register to take or retake the SAT and / or ACT tests.

    NOVEMBER:

    • Continue to work on applications.
    • Continue your research and visit selected schools, if possible.
    • Refer to your files to keep on top of application due dates.
    • Attend post-secondary representative visits as advertised on the daily announcements.
    • Check with Mrs. Luddington regarding Scholarship applications, or go to our counseling scholarship web page for the most current scholarship list https://www.k12northstar.org/domain/2103. Apply for as many scholarships as you qualify for.
    • Request teacher and counselor recommendations if required by the school of your choice (See Mrs. Luddington for recommendation form).
    • Register to take or retake the SAT and / or ACT tests.

    DECEMBER:

    • Narrow your school/program selections to 3-5.
    • Complete SAT and ACT testing. Make sure that scores are sent to the appropriate colleges.
    • Continue applying for scholarships.

    JANUARY:

    • Complete and send in financial aid applications including the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) as soon as possible.
    • Complete applications. Many are due in early January.  Do not miss your deadlines!
    • Continue applying for scholarships

    FEBRUARY:

    • Check to see that your schools received your applications and financial aid information.
    • Encourage your parents to complete their tax returns early to help determine financial need.
    • Continue applying for scholarships.
    • The UA school application deadline is February 15th, if you want to qualify for scholarships.

    MARCH/APRIL:

    • You may begin to receive letters of acceptance. 
    • Begin serious consideration of all of your offers.
    • Make final decision about which school/program you will attend.
    • Make sure you have met all deadlines for housing, acceptance of financial aid, etc.
    • Discuss any admission problems with Mrs. Simpson.
    • Supply additional information if requested.
    • Notify Ms. Beck and Mrs. Luddington when you have been admitted.
    • Visit schools during spring break if you haven’t already done so.
    • Continue applying for scholarships.

    MAY:

    • Send a letter of acceptance to the school/program of your choice.
    • If applicable, study for and take AP exams.
    • Notify other schools that you will not be attending.
    • Follow up on financial aid packages.
    • Request final transcripts from Mrs. Luddington or Parchment and send to the school of your choice and NCAA (if applicable).
    • Fill out housing forms if planning to live on campus.
    • If you are “wait-listed” by a college you really want to attend, visit, call and write the admission office to make your interest clear. Ask how you can strengthen your application.
    • You’ve made it!  It’s time to graduate and celebrate!  :)