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Success Tips for Seniors
Understand How to Pick Your College in 12th Grade

  • If you haven’t requested them already, the beginning of senior year is the time to start approaching teachers and counselors for recommendation letters or following up with your request. Most colleges now require letters of recommendation as part of the application process, and they can prove very influential.
  • Campus visits are important to the decision-making process. If you cannot visit a school, look online for virtual tours or forums where you can discuss questions with current and former students.
  • Stay organized by marking your calendar in advance with important dates like each college’s application deadline, including Early Decision and Early Action, test dates and scholarship deadlines.
  • Finalize your college list. Settle on eight to 12 prospective college choices. Fill out the application completely. Don’t forget about the fees associated with each application; this may alter the number you fill out.
  • The college essay is an important part of the application process. Have a teacher or parent proofread your essay for mistakes and to provide feedback.
  • Register and take the ACT, SAT or SAT Subject Tests, depending on what’s required by the colleges to which you wish to apply. Whatever test it is, make sure to send the results to the schools of your choice.
  • Once you’re confident that every detail has been taken care of, submit your application online. Follow-up by submitting your official ACT or SAT scores and have your high school guidance counselor send your official mid-year transcript to the colleges that require it. You want all supporting documentation in before the beginning of winter, so the colleges can decide on your application based on a complete application file. If you are missing supporting documentation and fail to send it in, your application will not be considered.
  • The FAFSA is a very important document in the financial-aid process. If you would like to receive any federal financial aid, fill yours out and submit it as soon as possible after October 1. You can do this online at
  • In January (sometimes earlier) you will receive responses from Early Decision or Early Action applications. If you have been accepted Early Decision, you will need to withdraw your applications from all other schools. If you have been accepted Early Action, you can either choose to accept now or wait to receive responses from the other schools to which you applied.
  • Regular admission letters should start arriving from February through April 1, followed by financial-aid award letters. Most arrive electronically but some still arrive via regular mail. Check your mailbox daily, this is what you’ve been waiting for! Make sure you thoroughly read each decision document, as sometimes they require action on your part (for example, mailing back documents or acceptance forms)

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