Senior Year - Preparing for College Checklist

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Summer Before

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Visit the campuses of your top five choices

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Develop a financial aid application plan

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Narrow down which colleges you may want to attend

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Compose rough drafts of your college essays

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Make a calendar showing application deadlines

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Proofread your final essay at least three times

Fall

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Check your class ranking

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Begin applying at applytexas.org

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Retake the SAT/ACT to improve your scores

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Ask your counselor to send your official transcript to schools where you have applied

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Make sure you have a social security card

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Update your college resume

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Copy and print extra copies of each application sent

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See your school counselor for help in finding scholarships

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Volunteer in your community

Spring

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Follow up to make sure the colleges have received all applicant information

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Meet with your school counselor to verify that all application forms are in order and transcripts were sent to all colleges that you applied

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Contact school for information regarding housing, dining, deposits, advisement & registration

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Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

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Stay involved in extracurricular activities

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Watch your mail for acceptance letters

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Compare financial aid packages from the schools where you have been accepted

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After each college interview, send a thank you note to the interviewer

Summer After

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Notify your college about any outside scholarships you may have received

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Receive New Student Orientation schedule

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Get resident hall assignment

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Have final official transcript sent to the college

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