FALL / WINTER
(As of July 1, you can now talk on the phone with a coach. If you are a top level player, expect some phone calls. If not, call the coach yourself. A letter followed by a call shows interest in the program. Only one call per week is allowed).
Select colleges if you have not already done so.
Apply to at least 2 or 3 schools due to competitive admissions.
Consider college characteristics (majors and educational programs, degrees offered, admission policy, location and size, costs and financial aid, accreditation, campus activities, and support services) in making the decision where to apply.
Compile information from several sources (internet/websites, college catalogs, counselor, parents, teachers, etc.). The FACTS.org website is an excellent resource for matching students’ interests and needs with colleges and universities. The Guidance Office has a large number of college catalogues and other college-related information available. Make an appointment to see your counselor if you are having difficulty locating colleges that meet your needs.
Visit college campuses if needed. Students are allowed a total of 3 days during the junior and senior year of high school to visit colleges and universities. Permission forms are available in the Guidance Office. College visitation days do not count as absences for exam purposes.
Improve your grades and ACT and/or SAT scores to strengthen your college application and increase your opportunity for college admission and consideration for scholarships, honors programs, honors housing, etc.
Prepare and submit application packages. Review deadlines and requirements, such as test scores, high school transcripts, essays, and recommendations.
Schedule individual conferences with counselor and confirm academic eligibility status.
Give teachers, employers, counselor, and other adults at least two - three weeks to complete letter of recommendations forms. Include a stamped, addressed envelope for each letter if possible.
Transcript Request Forms are available in the Guidance Office.
Complete online applications.
Consider early applications. At many top schools, over 50% of incoming freshmen apply this way.
Complete and provide documentation of at least 75 hours of community service to your counselor if eligible for the Academic Scholars Award.
Student athletes must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse to participate in college NCAA DI, DII sports programs. Submit transcript requests to the Guidance Office as soon as you register.
Locate and apply for scholarships.
Register with the free FastWeb.com scholarship search service. Investigate other free online scholarship search services, such as Collegeboard, Peterson’s, etc.
Contact colleges to learn about available scholarships. Apply early. Visit the Guidance Office to learn about additional scholarship opportunities. For all scholarships, pay attention to deadlines and application requirements.
Keep record of ALL academic and athletic achievements and statistics and update resume
Ensure that all NCAA eligibility required work will be met by the end of the school year Avoid senioritis!
File the FAFSA after January 1, but before the earliest college deadline. The FAFSA is required for all students to be considered for financial aid. It is also required for all federally funded parent loans. Applying online is preferred. Applications will also be available in the Guidance Office. Apply early to maximize your chances for receiving financial aid.
Continue to identify and apply for scholarships.
Provide your guidance counselor with requests for mid-year senior grades, if required by a college or university.
Notify your counselor when you make a decision. Notify all colleges immediately. Request that your transcript be sent to the college or university you will attend. If you've submitted your Application, begin applying for various other available scholarships Stay on top of the process.
Monitor all required application, teacher recommendation and transcript deadlines. et teacher/coach recommendations.
Make sure you have registered for a PIN number for your FAFSA filing. Also, one of your parents must request a PIN number as well.
Financial aid awards may not be made final until the following forms are completed and sent to each college: FAFSA, CSS/Profile (if required), each college’s institutional financial aid forms (if required), and copies of Federal tax returns. The rule is follow up! We have submitted FAFSA"s only to find out later that the school never received it. The system isn’t perfect so, again, a few weeks after the forms and applications have been filed, please follow up!
Evaluate acceptance letters Evaluate and compare financial awards Use your college evaluation worksheet to compare schools that have accepted you. Make last minute visits if you haven’t already.
Here are a few hints about college interviews:
Dress in clean, pressed casual clothes. Avoid jeans. There is no need to wear a suit. Be prepared. Take a transcript and resume with you. Take advantage of this opportunity to # personalize$ and update your application. Be yourself. Don't try to be what you think the college wants.