Checklist for Seniors – Preparing for College

  • Work with your school counselor to reviewyour senior transcripts to make sure that you are on track and/or has a plan for high school graduation.
  • Check the college catalogues and /or the computers in the Career Center for information about the colleges that interest you. Ask to do a college search if you are undecided. Decide on 5-7 colleges as your goals. One should be a “sure shot,” one a “maybe” and one a “long shot”.
  • Mark your calendar to attend any college night in your area.
  • Invest in a calendar and mark the deadlines for college applications, tests, financial aid, housing, and recommendations.
  • Complete a UC or CSU eligibility worksheet to see what you must do to be eligible for admission if you wish to attend a campus in either system.
  • By December, preferably October, finish taking the necessary entrance exams for colleges. Register for SAT I and SAT II (subject tests) at and for ACT at
  • Seniors who plan to play Division I or Division II athletics must register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at
  • Begin planning for college expenses involving tuition, room, board, books, and travel.
  • Begin looking into financial aid and scholarship opportunities by checking with the Career Center.
  • For Seniors applying to private colleges and universities: Completely fill out the ‘Parent Brag Sheet’ and ‘Senior Resume.’ (Copies are available in the Career Center.) Secure your letters of recommendation. Ask individuals who know you well and give them at least 3 weeks notice to complete this for you.
  • Begin your college application essay(s). College application tips are available at and tips for writing the UC Personal Statement can be found at There are also several books available on this subject in the career center at SRV and your counselor is a great resource in this area too.
  • Explore the COIN career guidance system and/or take the Major Interest Inventory Test for help in choosing a college major in the Career Center.
  • Think seriously about college criteria (for example, do you want to attend a large or small school? Do you want a sports program or other special interest activities on the campus? How far away from home do you wish to be?)
  • Attend college representative meetings in the Career Center to hear more about colleges you are considering.
Last Updated: September 10, 2008
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