Senior Year

August

  • Note all registration deadlines for fall SAT and ACT tests and complete registration promptly.
  • If needed, plan to attend an SAT/ACT Prep Course.

September

  • If you haven’t already done so, schedule a meeting with your college counselor to discuss your final list of college choices and discuss application deadlines.
  • Attend sessions with college admission representatives who visit SJCS (see Naviance for dates and times).
  • Make final decisions regarding Early Decision and Early Action options. Know the deadlines for each college to which you are applying.
  • Consider scheduling an interview with the colleges on your list.
  • Attend, with your parents, the Financial Aid Night.
  • If you have not already done so, consult with your college counselor to review your college essays.
  • Prepare to complete the Federal Financial Aid Form (FAFSA) in October if you intend to apply for financial aid. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov for the online form.

October

  • If you have not already done so, complete all Rolling Applications.
  • Meet with your college counselor to complete final reviews of your college essays.
  • Meet with you college counselor to review your online college application prior to submitting it to the college/university. The college counselor will upload or mail your transcripts, all letters of recommendation (if applicable), and any other needed forms to your college/university. Please be aware that if you do not follow this process, you may not receive the maximum benefits of the College Counseling Program.
  • Adhere to the October 15th SJCS deadline for all Rolling, Early Action, and Early Decision applications. Please note that colleges may have earlier deadlines that you need to adhere to.
  • Make sure that you give your Transcript Request Form to the College Counseling Office at least one month prior to the college’s application deadline or one month prior to when you want your transcript packet sent out.
  • Note financial aid application deadlines and complete the FAFSA. Colleges’ financial aid deadlines must be met or aid may not be available. Colleges recommend submitting the forms as soon as possible after October 1st. Please note that some colleges have additional financial aid forms that they need you to complete. Please be aware of this and comply with all deadlines.
  • If you plan to seek financial aid and are applying to private colleges and selective state universities, complete the CSS PROFILE. CSS PROFILE registration may be submitted before federal forms and gives an early read on a student’s eligibility for financial aid. Visit the College Board website at www.collegeboard.com.
  • Review private scholarship opportunities by visiting Naviance or one of the following websites: Fastweb.com, ScholarshipExperts.com, and/or WinScholarships.com.
  • Some competitive scholarship applications have deadlines this month. Consult with the College Counseling Office as you complete the application requirements and be sure all recommendations are completed by the required deadline.
  • Retake the SAT/ACT Tests, if applicable.

November

  • If you have not already done so, finish all remaining college applications.
  • Meet with you college counselor to review your online college application prior to submitting it to the college/university. The college counselor will upload or mail your transcripts, all letters of recommendation (if applicable), and any other needed forms to your college/university. Please be aware that if you do not follow this process, you may not receive the maximum benefits of the College Counseling Program.\Retake the SAT/ACT Tests, if applicable.

December

  • December 1st is the SJCS deadline for all remaining applications.
  • If you need a mid-year transcript sent to a college, your request must be made prior to the Christmas Break.
  • Devote time and energy to prepare for your first semester exams. Attend review sessions scheduled prior to exams.

January-February

  • Mid-year transcripts sent to colleges—if previously requested by student.
  • Early Decision/Early Action deferrals should submit additional information to the colleges to update their applications.
  • If you are placed on deferment or wait-list status, please see your college counselor to establish a plan of action. Requesting an interview with the college is highly recommended.
  • Complete all scholarship applications that have not been submitted.
  • If you have not already done so, you should verify that colleges have all necessary materials from you and let the College Counseling Office know the status of this check.

March

  • Colleges, who do not have Rolling Admissions, usually begin notifying students of admission decisions. Notifications begin in early March and continue through April 15th.
  • Notify the College Counseling Office of all decisions you receive. If you are placed on a waitlist, additional information to update and support your application may be sent at this time— speak with your college counselor!
  • Showing strong interest by staying in touch is important!

April

  • If necessary, attend special days and weekends planned for accepted students to visit colleges to help in your decision. If you have not already done so, make sure that you visit the college/university. It is highly recommended that you visit the school prior to accepting.
  • Final admission notification letters are received. Notify the college you will attend prior to May 1st as well as notify all other colleges of your decision with regard to their acceptances. This helps colleges predict their yield and make decisions relating to wait-list candidates.
  • Contact the financial aid office at the college you will attend with questions concerning your financial aid package.
  • Prepare for AP exams to be held in May.

May

  • You must inform every college of your acceptance or rejection of their offer of admissions or financial aid by May 1st.
  • One single deposit to your choice college must be received by May 1st.
  • If you wish to remain active on a wait-list, additional steps should be completed by May 1st . Please see your college counselor for assistance.
  • Complete your College Acceptance Survey. This survey is extremely important and must be completed in order to ensure that your final transcripts are sent to the correct colleges. It also includes scholarship offers and college matriculation.
  • The FAFSA (Financial Aid) deadline is May 15th. Please note some colleges have earlier deadlines.
  • Take AP and final Exams

June-July

  • Final transcripts will be sent to colleges. Make sure that you have met with your college counselor to ensure proper delivery of your transcripts.