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Senior Year (12th grade)

Senior Year Month-by-Month


  • Research colleges and universities Note all deadlines in your planner.
  • Check to see if you can make up any A-G courses in which you earned a 'D' or 'F'
  • If applying for early decision, check with the university and send in your application on time.  
  • Most early decision deadlines are in October. See College and Career Center for fee waivers for SAT and ACT.


  • Find teachers, staff, coaches, or employers who can write you strong recommendations.
    1. Formally, request a letter via conversation or email
    2. Once they have agreed, then send them a "Brag Shett" or your academic resume.
    3. Give them 2-3 weeks to write your letter before it is due.
    4. If they must mail the letter, provide them with a completed envelope including postage.​​​​​​
  • Finish your personal statements for college and scholarship applications.
  • Oct. 1: UC Application opens, but not yet available for submission.  CSU applications opens and can be submitted.
  • Look for College/Career Exploration Fair at the Pyramid.

November Check private universities to verify specific application deadlines.

  • November 30, midnight: Last Day to apply to UC's and many other universities
  • Sign up for final SAT and ACT.


  • Last month to take ACT and SAT's at some schools.
  • Make sure that your ACT/SAT scores have been sent to your colleges.
  • Continue sending private university applications.
  • Make last visits to colleges during your vacation.


  • Remind your parents to prepare their income tax statements early.  You'll need it for financial aid
  • Even if you believe you do not qualify for financial aid, a FAFSA must be filed to received many scholarships that do not require financial need.
  • Keep your grades up.  Colleges will look at your senior grades.


  • If requested, send first semester transcript to universities
  • Monitor applications to ensure the college has everything it needs from you.
    • You can do this on the online portal that they may have requested you activate.
  • DO NOT IGNORE any communication from any school.  Do exactly as they say as soon as you can.
  • Begin to apply for scholarships.
    • Scholarship bulletins.
    • College and Career Center
    • Your family's church, clubs, labor unions, parent's employers


  • FAFSA deadline is March 2.
  • You will begin hearing admissions decisions from some colleges.
  • Ask any college you're considering if they have stay-over programs.
  • Decide which AP exams you'll be taking, if any.
  • Think about summer work/school.


  • Intent to Enroll due May 1st.  Make your decision this month!!
  • Register for summer courses at community colleges, if possible.
  • If you're considering making any changes to your schedule this year, contact the admissions offices.


  • Intent to Enroll due May 1st
  • Register for summer programs at college campuses, if eligible.
  • Return forms and payment for college orientation programs.
  • Are you attending UC? Take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam.
  • Advance Placement Exams begin.


  • Keep your grades up.  Colleges can do do deny admission based on final semester grades.
  • Complete request to send final transcript to college of your choice.  Be sure to indicate that you want your FINAL transcript sent.
  • Write thank you notes/cards to those who helped you:
    • Writers of letters of recommendation
    • Scholarship organizations
    • Teachers
    • Parents
    • Counselors