- Seniors, you turned in your Brag Sheet, right? Of course you did! Time to make copies in case your teacher recommenders want to reference them.
- Attend college fairs and visit with representatives when they are at Williams. Ask meaningful questions and make a positive impression!
- Sign up for final SAT and/or ACT examinations.
- Schedule any final college visits, but do keep in mind your class attendance and course load. Senior grades are critical.
- Keep your grades up! Your performance in your senior year can be make or break!
- Manage your time wisely. Applying to college is incredibly time consuming. Don't procrastinate.
- Make a chart of deadline dates for applications; include financial aid and scholarship deadlines.
- Check admission requirements at chosen colleges to determine which standardized tests, if any, are required.
- If you are interested in applying Early Decision or Early Action, get started on the application(s). Check the deadline. It is usually in early November or December, but some are due in October.
- Determine final list of colleges with your college counselor.
- Continue to refine your essay and supplements.
- Connect with teachers who have agreed to write recommendations on your behalf; let them know of any updates.
OCTOBER THROUGH NOVEMBER
- Submit any Early Action or Early Decision applications.
- Finalize your college essays and supplements.
- Ensure you understand the financial aid requirements for each of your schools. Do they require only the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance) or do they also require the CSS Profile and/or an institutional financial aid form? All forms are available online. Be ready to submit copies of your tax forms as well.
- The college application process is almost entirely online now, but some schools still stick to a paper process. Make sure you know if any of your schools meet this criteria. If so, distribute college-provided recommendation forms, along with self-addressed, stamped envelopes to your teacher recommenders and college counselor.
- Your goal should be to complete all of your regular decision applications by Thanksgiving Break. Your winter break and preparation for Learning and Assessment Blocks will thank you!
- If you didn't listen to us about completing your applications by Thanksgiving, complete them BEFORE you return from winter break.
- Study for your midyear assessments. Remember that mid-year grades are sent to all of your college choices.
- Students who have applied Early Action or Early Decision need to update their college counselor when they receive admission decisions and/or scholarship notifications.
- Welcome back! We are happy to see you but your senioritis is not allowed. Keep your grades and work ethic up. Colleges will revoke offers of admission if your academic performance significantly dips.
- Watch for scholarship announcements and applications.
- Finish remaining applications if you didn't listen to any of our earlier advice.
- The FAFSA is now available for you to complete. Submit all remaining financial aid paperwork, typically due in February or March.
FEBRUARY THROUGH APRIL
- Report all communications you have with colleges to the college counselors. Colleges will notify you by mail or email of their decisions.
- Attend local college receptions for applicants and/or accepted students, if invited. Alumni contacts or interviews usually take place at a local hotel, homes of alumni or sometimes at The Williams School.
- Discuss choices and alternatives with your family and the college counselors.
- Attend open house events.
- Decide on college plans; reply to the college of your choice by May 1 with the required tuition deposit.
- Inform the colleges you will not attend of your decision as well. Your decision may open up a spot for a student who has been wait listed
- If you have been offered a spot on a wait list, accept or decline that spot. If you accept a spot, you must still commit to another college by the May 1 deadline with an enrollment deposit. Do not let May 1 go by without securing a spot at the college you will attend if you are not offered a spot off of another school's wait list.
- Again, May 1 is the Universal Candidate's Reply Date. Your enrollment deposit must be received by your school of choice by this date.
- Participate in the Advanced Placement Examinations, if applicable, and Senior Projects.
Graduation! You made it! Your hard work and organization have paid off. Make sure your final transcript is sent to the college you will attend.