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College Planning » College Checklist: Senior

College Checklist: Senior

Room: 318

Mrs. Joanne Lewis
Director, College & Career Center
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 618

Mrs. Teresa Hoffman
Scholarship & Financial Aid Coordinator
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 347

Register for the ACT and/or SAT if you didn’t take it as a junior or if you aren’t satisfied with your score and want to take it again.
Take a look at some college applications to start compiling all the information you will need for applications, the FAFSA, etc.
Take some time to complete your resume (this will help teachers with recommendations and you with applications)
Begin brainstorming ideas for your essays/or begin your first draft of your essay(s).
The online application opens for the University of California on August 1st; you can only submit your application during the month of November, but you can start working on it now!
Parents and students should reach an understanding and agreement regarding college finances and budget as they discuss the college list. Review the final college list with your family to make certain you are all on the same page about finances and the schools you’ll be applying to.


Attend your Senior Conference with your Counselor to review your transcript for accuracy and make certain you are on track to graduate. Review your final college list with your Counselor… if your list is not yet finalized this is the time to narrow down your list of colleges and decide what your safe/target/reach schools are.
Find out if you might qualify for scholarships at the schools you’ll be applying to. Research merit scholarships on college websites and check in with the College & Career Center.
Attend the College Fair in Sea King Park as well as college visits in the CCC for schools you are interested in. Take every opportunity to get to know colleges and how they might (or might not) be a good fit for you.
Pick up and get to work on your Senior Packet… stay organized and track your deadlines! Create a checklist and calendar to chart your test scores, college application due dates, financial aid forms and deadlines, supplemental material deadlines, etc.
Ask your teachers and counselors for letters of recommendation if you haven’t already done so.
Plan to attend Senior Parent Night.
Create college email accounts for all of the colleges to which you’ll apply.


First draft of UC personal statement should be finished and ready to review and edit.
Cal State Universities application is open on Oct 1st; remember to check each individual campus for deadlines.
Continue to work on you college applications, personal statement and essays. Complete essays for early decision/early action schools.
Complete any rolling admissions, early action, or early decision applications
Meet with your counselor for your letter of recommendation interview (if needed).


Online submission opens for UCs on Nov. 1st and closes on Nov. 30th. Complete UC application earlydo not wait until end of Nov, and keep a hard copy of your application!
Continue working on all applications/essays.
Register for CSS profile if any of the colleges you are applying to require it.
Financial Aid forms to parents; the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available this month but cannot be completed before January 1st. Create PIN# (ID#), for student and parent.
Send SAT or ACT test scores to all schools to which you are applying that need them.
Remember the CSU application deadline is also Nov. 30th.
Finalize and send any early decision or early action application that is due this month. It’s a good idea to have a parent, teacher, counselor, or other adult review the application before it’s submitted.


Continue working on essays/applications for private colleges and out of state colleges. Begin to organize your regular decision applications which will be due in January and February.
Call colleges to make sure your file is complete/check email (and spam folder) for important emails
Complete all testing (SAT/ACT); this is the last test date for some colleges
Attend PVHS Alumni Day Panel Discussion; talk to former Sea Kings about their experiences and thoughts about college.


FAFSA form for financial aid package to be completed and filed after Jan. 1st.
Send thank you notes to teachers and counselor for recommendation letters they wrote and sent for you.
Check for Mid-year Report requirements for non-common app schools and make sure mid-year reports are sent.
Talk to your counselor or the CCC about qualifications and applications for a Cal Grant.
Start or continue your search for community and college scholarships.
If you were admitted somewhere by early decision, you must formally withdraw all other applications; this opens up spaces for other qualified students.
Check all email accounts for requirements and deadlines; check your spam folder to ensure an important email is not stuck there! Respond quickly to any requests for information regarding an incomplete application!
Check to make sure all applications were received (email receipts) and don’t panic!


Most priority deadlines for the CSS Profile are in February.
FAFSA deadline is March 2nd.
Cal Grants Due
Check for assessment test requirements and dates if applicable.
Keep up your grades… do not let “senioritis” get the better of you! You will need to submit your final transcript to the college of your choice… you do not want to risk your acceptance being rescinded in June!
Acceptance letters and financial aid offers will start to arrive!


Preview programs and visit colleges for an overnight if possible.
Send Intent to Register, and then withdrawal notification to colleges you are not attending. (Deadline for Intent to Register is usually May 1). If seeking a Gap Year, notify the college in writing.
Check for any other housing or scholarship deadlines.
Register for AP tests if applicable.


May 1st is the date when the college you plan to attend requires a commitment and deposit.
Send deposit for housing.
Fill out Senior Exit Survey on Naviance/Family Connection: This is mandatory and must be completed before graduation.


Order final transcript to be sent from PVHS to the school you’ll be attending.
Attend Senior Awards / Baccalaureate Program
Happy Graduation Sea King!


It’s been a long journey through high school and to college… Take time to enjoy your summer!
Make a list of what you will need to take with you for your dorm room. Facebook, call or email your new roommate to get to know each other in advance. In your conversations you can discuss what you plan to bring to your new “home away from home”.
Some colleges offer a summer orientation/ registration or First Year Experience: Make certain to attend these special events in order to meet fellow students and other important people on campus and to familiarize yourself with your new school. This is often the time you get to register for your fall classes.