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College application checklist: How to plan your junior and senior years

Posted by Leslie Anderson  August 30, 2013 05:32 PM

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Here is a college application checklist compiled from online resources provided by the Bedford High School guidance department. Guidance director Diane Ryan also talked with College Bound about the application process.

11TH GRADE:

First half of junior year:

-- Sign up for PSATs

Second half of junior year:

-- Sign up for and take the SATs or ACTs

-- Sign up for and take SAT II tests if required

-- Discuss with parents the criteria for choosing a college such as cost, location, size, academic programs/majors, services for students with learning disabilities, athletics, arts and other activities of interest

-- Develop a tentative list of colleges

-- Visit local schools that represent varies sizes, urban/rural/suburban settings so families can begin to narrow the criteria list

-- Schedule college visits and interviews during February or April vacations

-- Attend college fair

-- Take advanced placement exams

-- Complete forms such the online resume, parent “brag sheet,’’ counselor questionnaire and teacher recommendation requests


Summer after junior year:

-- Review college testing scores and make a plan for improving them, if necessary.

-- Begin working on college application essay

-- Continue to visit college campuses

12TH GRADE:

September of senior year:

-- Compile list of reach, possible and safe school choices

-- Consider early action or early decision options

-- Schedule college interviews, if necessary

-- Re-take SATs or ACTs, if necessary

-- Meet with visiting college representatives

-- Continue working on application essay

-- Research and apply for scholarships

-- Be aware of all application and scholarship deadlines

October-December of senior year:

-- Applications for early decision and early action due in mid-November

-- Narrow down remaining list of colleges

-- Notify teachers for recommendations

-- Complete all testing; send standardized test scores directly to colleges

-- Attend financial aid night

-- Complete applications

-- Complete financial aid forms and scholarship applications

April of senior year:

-- Receive notification from colleges

Jennifer Fenn Lefferts can be reached at jflefferts@yahoo.com.

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