College Planning

 

  • Make sure you have all application materials ready

    • many schools use the Common Application (www.commonapp.org)

    • make a list of all schools you are interested in applying to and PAY ATTENTION TO DEADLINES!

  • Attend the Guidance Presentation for Senior Parents at DeSales

  • Register to retake the ACT or SAT - most students take it 2 or 3 times

  • If your college applications require a letter of recommendation (or more than one)

    • think about who you want to ask (teacher, counselor, coach, youth leader, etc.)

      • give them at least 2 weeks prior to your deadline to complete them

      • provide recommendation forms and any special instructions

    • ask your teacher before you send them an electronic link

    • send your teacher a quick thank you and inform them of your college decision

  • Write college essays and have an English teacher review them

  • Continue to visit colleges

    • Seniors are allowed 3 college visits during school days

    • it is best to visit on a day that DeSales does not have school

    • try to visit on a day the college is in session to get a good feel of the campus

  • Attend the Suburban College Fair at Otterbein

  • Know DeSales’ college application deadline to make sure your transcripts will meet deadlines

  • Know the difference between Early Action and Early Decision - see your counselor with questions

  • Know scholarship deadlines for individual schools!

    • many scholarship deadlines are earlier than the final application deadline

  • You are responsible for submitting ACT/SAT scores directly from the testing agency if the college/university you are applying to requires this

    • if you are unsure if a college requires this, see your counselor

  • Focus on academics - Senior grades count!!!

  • Apply for a pin number for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.gov)

    • the FAFSA form will be available after January 1

  • Continue to complete scholarship applications

    • this is a year-long process as scholarship deadlines range from September to June

    • check the guidance department website for a list of scholarship opportunities

  • Get housing applications in as early as possible

  • Decide which college you will attend by May 1

  • Notify your counselor where you will be attending so we can have your final transcript sent to that college

  • Notify your counselor of any scholarships or grants received as we use this information for end of the year recognitions