Senior

College & Career Planning Timeline

Fall

  • Update and revise your resume through your Naviance Student account.
    • Include your talents and abilities, activities you have been involved in, leadership roles, community services performed, barriers you have overcome, accompishments received, references you have and jobs you’ve held.
    • Go to this link for tips!
  • Find at least 3 adults to write a letter of recommendation
    • Who should you ask?
      • Someone who knows your character and accomplishments and someone you have a positive relationship with.
    • What types of information is included in a letter of recommendation?
      • Your skills and accomplishments, attributes, personal characteristics and goals
    • Steps to request a letter of recommendation from a teacher
      • Ask them in person first and provide them with a resume, a brag sheet, or any information that will help them write effectively about you
      • Ask two weeks or more in advance of when you need the letter submitted
      • Log in to your Naviance Student account and make the official written request      
  • If you are a 21st Century Scholar:
    • Log in to your Scholar Track account to make sure you have all steps completed for the Scholar Success Program.
    • Keep your cumulative GPA at 2.5 or above.                                                                                                 
  • Sign up to re-take the SAT and/or the ACT.
    • What is the difference? Go to this link to find out!
      • ACT – visit actstudent.org to register
        • Cost = $46 (no writing) & $62.50 (optional writing)
      • SAT - visit www.collegeboard.org to register
        • Cost = $49.50 (no writing) & $64.50 (optional writing)
    • See your counselor if you receive textbook assistance for a free test fee waiver!
    • Practice…practice….and practice more! Research shows the more comfortable students are with the test and format, the higher they will score.

 

  • Attend a College & Career Fair if you are still unsure as to which schools or post-secondary path is the right fit for you!
    • Check out the Indianapolis National College Fair here!
    • Other fairs will be advertised through Canvas 
  • Begin the college application process.
    • Check with the colleges you plan to apply – be sure to know the application deadlines!
    • Understand the requirements needed for each school.
      • For example – some schools require an essay or letters of recommendations whiles others do not. Be prepared.
      • If you used a fee waiver for the SAT – check your collegeboard.org account to get your free application waivers for college applications!
    • After you apply for college, request your transcripts through Naviance Student.
    • Log on to your ACT/SAT account to send your test scores to the colleges you’ve applied to.

  • College Go Week is in September yearly
    • Check to see if any of the schools you are applying to waive their fees during College Go Week by going to this link!
  • Begin the Financial Aid process
  • Search for Scholarships
    • Log in to your Naviance Student account
      • Scholarship List
        • On the top right of your home page, click the menu option (3 horizontal lines) and choose "Colleges"
        • Scroll to "Scholarships and Money" and select "Scholarship List"
          • Scholarships will be added throughout the year so check back often!
          • You may also select "National Scholarship Search" to find scholarship opportunities
    • Look at your college’s website for school specific scholarships
    • Check out any of the following websites to search for scholarship opportunities:
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Playing a sport in college? Be sure to have an account with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center or the National Association of Intercollegiate Athlets (NAIA)
  • Start looking into apprenticeship options or trade career options post-high school if college is not on your radar.
  • Log in to your Naviance Student account to research careers and complete career interest inventories
  • Order your Cap & Gown for Graduation through Herff Jones
    • ​​​​​​​Orders will be taken in the fall on campus, if this date is missed you will need to contact them directly to order

Spring

  • Keep up your grades
    • Even though you are a senior – your grades, courses and GPA all still count!
  • ​​​​​​​Submit the FAFSA
    • Be sure to complete the FAFSA on or before the March 10th deadline (check your school – they may have an earlier deadline than March 10th!)
    • Keep an eye on your Student Aid Report (SAR) to arrive 4-6 weeks after completion
    • Be sure to make any corrections by the deadline given
  • ​​​​​​​Continue to search and apply for scholarships
    • Keep checking your Naviance Student account for additional opportunties
  • Choose your school or post-secondary training program
    • Accept the school of your choice, if you have received multiple acceptance letters
    • Respond and decline the schools you choose not to attend
    • Send in any payment/requirements by the deadlines given
    • Watch for housing and academic information for the school