Senior College Checklist:
Meet with your high school counselor in early fall to discuss your college plans.
DO NOT SLACK your senior year. Make sure to keep your grades up and enrolled in rigorous course work.
Attend college fairs early-on and meet with college admissions representatives that visit the school.
Narrow college choices and apply before the deadlines. Most applications are mandated or preferred online.
Determine application deadlines and requirements for early admissions or priority deadlines. Investigate whether there is a separate scholarship application that needs to be completed at the college of your choice or if your application for admissions automatically qualifies as your scholarship application.
Give yourself plenty of time to write your college entrance essay and have an English teacher or counselor review it before writing your final draft. Save an electronic draft of all essays written; you may be able to use it again by revising it for another purpose.
If you haven’t done so already, create a resume of all your accomplishments, community service, activities, and work experience.
Give requests for letters of recommendation along with your resume to teachers, employers, coaches, pastors or people from various organization or community events in which you have been involved.
Re-take the ACT early in your senior year (a point or two improvement can increase scholarship opportunities) or take the SAT in the fall and forward your scores to the colleges to which you plan to apply.
Request that transcripts, recommendations and other supporting documents be sent to colleges once you have completed your application. Transcript request forms can be found in the Guidance Office.
Submit applications by December 1st or Christmas break at the latest. Be sure to check each individual school’s deadlines.
Keep checking the current scholarship list in the Guidance Office and on the school guidance website.
Explore various scholarship options including the financial aid office to the college you are applying, your parents' employers, your church, and scholarship search engines on the web. You never know where you may find the very-specific scholarship that fits your unique background.
Utilize your community service log to complete college and scholarship applications.
Athletes: Be sure to register with the NCAA www.eligiblitycenter.org if you are interested in participating in college athletics. Speak with your high school coach early about your interest. Seek referrals and try to talk with coaches from colleges you are interested in attending so that game observations can be arranged or film footage of your performances can be sent.
Parents: File taxes as soon as possible after January 1st of your child's senior year. Apply for financial aid using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov anytime after October 1st. You may use last year’s tax forms, but will have to update as soon as your taxes are complete.
(DO NOT USE www.fafsa.com)
Visit college campuses to which you’ve applied. Make a list of questions before you visit, sit in on a class, speak with professors in an area of interest, stay over-night in a dorm room with current students. Speak to an admissions representative about what you are interested in doing while on your campus visit.
Make your final choice and notify schools by no later than May 1st. Send an acceptance letter and necessary documents and deposits to your college. Write polite letters of refusal to others.
IF YOU HAVE TAKEN CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT COURSES ON THE OHS CAMPUS, go online and request transcripts be sent from Colorado Mesa University or Western State Colorado University by logging into your MAVzone or MyWestern account. Your high transcript WILL NOT suffice in place of your college transcript in order to transfer credit. If you do not remember your password, you will have to contact the technical support office at either college to have it reset.
Apply for housing and check parking arrangements as soon as you make your college selection.
Plan to attend the summer orientation program at the college of your choice.