2014-2015 Senior Year Timeline Sample:

All Year

  • Regularly check into your Family Connection account and keep it updated. You can check your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, create your resume, find helpful links and scholarship information, and much more.
  • Visit college campuses whenever possible.
  • Search for scholarships. There’s free money you can qualify for if you just put in a little effort! Ask me for a list of good websites.
  • Check your email regularly. This is how colleges will communicate with you.


  • Meet with Mrs. Hertzler to discuss your plans and to be sure your list includes colleges appropriate to your academic record and personal goals.
  • Narrow down your list of colleges, and make a spreadsheet/list of due dates and application requirements for each school. They may vary and it is essential to meet all deadlines!
  • Review your applications, transcript, and activities resume with your parents and Mrs. Hertzler to ensure they are accurate and complete.
  • Register for the upcoming SATs, ACTs, and SAT subject tests, if you have not taken them or if you are not happy with your scores. Have scores sent to the colleges you are applying to.
  • Have an English teacher or Mrs. Hertzler review your completed college essay.
  • If the colleges require recommendations, think about which teacher(s) will write the best ones for you.


  • Attend the JMU College Fair Oct. 2, 6:30-8:30 in the Convocation Center.
  • There’s no school October 20—a perfect chance to plan a college visit.
  • Know your deadlines and keep working on applications!


  • Prepare your final list of colleges. Check websites for financial aid information.
  • Request transcripts from Mrs. Hurst at least two weeks before your deadline.
  • Hand in teacher/counselor recommendation request forms if you haven’t yet. Again, those requests must be handed in at least two weeks before due dates.


  • Know your deadlines and keep working on applications. December 5, 2014 is the deadline for turning in transcript request forms at the counseling office prior to Christmas vacation! If you have an application deadline of January 1, you MUST turn in your request by December 5!


  • Complete the FAFSA at as soon as possible to get available federal money. 
  • Don’t forget you’re still in school! Grades and courses continue to count throughout your senior year. Your final grades will be sent to the college you enroll in.


  • If you submitted a FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within four weeks of the submission date. Review the SAR carefully and check for any inaccuracies. If necessary, correct any items on the SAR and return it to the FAFSA processor. (If a college transmitted your data directly, notify the college of any change).
  • Complete scholarship applications. You may be eligible for more scholarships than you think, so apply for as many as you can!


  • Stay focused and keep studying—only a couple more months to go! Grades still count since they affect your GPA and thus some scholarships.


  • Review your college acceptances and financial aid awards. If you are positive you will not enroll at one or more of the colleges that accepted you, please notify those colleges that you have selected another college. If you know which college you will attend, send your tuition deposit and follow all other instructions. (May 1 is the deadline for enrolling in the college of your choice—though there are a few exceptions.)


  • Take Advanced Placement exams, if appropriate, and request that your AP scores be sent to the college you will be attending.
  • Your final transcript will be sent after graduation. Mrs. Hurst will have a form for you to complete with the name of the college receiving your final transcript.
  • Notify your college of any private scholarships or grants you will be receiving.

Congratulations!You have completed a difficult task! Now it’s time to look forward to an exciting future!