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College Admissions Checklist

College Admissions Checklist

By Carrie Greenberg

June 09, 2007

Junior Year

  • Start thinking about college choice. Make an appointment to talk with your guidance counselor.
  • Register with to find the money you need for college.
  • Plan to take your PSAT during your junior year and start studying for the ACT or SAT.
  • Summer after Junior Year
  • Visit college campuses and ask friends in college for their advice.
  • Request applications and brochures from your top colleges.
  • Get started on college application essays by writing sample drafts.
  • Take some time out to prepare for your standardized tests.

Senior Year


  • Get your applications in order by creating files for your target schools. Make a list of application requirements (essays, transcripts, etc.) and deadlines.
  • Request letters of recommendation from teachers and community leaders.
  • October
  • Talk to your parents about college costs. Decide how much you can afford and explore your options for funding.
  • Visit to learn more about financial aid.
  • Apply for scholarships from private organizations. Check your FastWeb search results for new scholarships.
  • November
  • If you’re applying through Early Action or Early Decision, get your application in this month.


  • Work on those college applications. Many applications are due in early January.


  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1.
  • Check with your prospective colleges about additional financial aid application forms and requirements.


  • Check the mail for admissions letters and financial aid awards.
  • Compare your admissions offers. Ask your guidance counselor to help you weigh your options.
  • Time for a decision! Most schools ask that you choose your school by May 1.


  • Don’t forget to notify schools you have decided not to attend.
  • Doublecheck any final deadlines for housing, financial aid, etc.


  • Have your final transcripts sent to your new school.

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