Preparing for college can be quite overwhelming. A college application checklist has been created as a guide for students to use to keep track of all of your college application deadlines, tasks and requirements.
College Application Checklist
Sophomore/Junior Year (High School)
Remember, ‘the early bird gets the worm’!
Visit the Career Center at your school and talk to a counselor to ensure you are on the right track for graduation.
Participate in community service activities
Begin college research and embark on college visits
Create preliminary list of your top schools
Register and begin studying for SAT/ACT
Go to prospective schools’ website and download admissions application and begin drafting up college essays.
Start identifying teachers, coaches, mentors, etc. for letters of recommendation ____________________________________________________________________________
Continue to study and work hard in your classes. Remember: colleges look at GPAs!
Senior Year (High School)
Continue to be proactive!
Identify all extracurricular activities (Include leadership positions, offices held, etc.)
Begin finalizing all essays and be sure to get them proofread by at least 2 people.
Submit all college applications and pay application fees. Remember to keep in mind the Early and Regular Application deadlines.
Request high school transcripts to be sent to the college
Request recommendation letters from the list of trusted individuals.
Send a thank-you note (via mail, email or phone call) to those who wrote a recommendation letter
Check application status page or call colleges to confirm receipt of all application materials
Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
Upon receipt of acceptance letter, remember to accept admission by the requested deadline
Research and apply for scholarships you are qualified for.
Summer (After Graduation)
You’re Almost There!
Complete ongoing enrollment paperwork for your college
Work with parents or guardian on a financial plan or budget. Where will your money come from? Who pays for what?
Make a list of what you will need to take to college (coordinate with your roommate(s), if any, to avoid having two of everything).
Be sure to call the college admissions office if you encounter any roadblocks or have any questions along the way!