Take your SAT or ACT one last time. We advise that you complete all of your standardized tests by November. Also, if you’re planning to take SAT Subject Tests, you have to schedule to take them separate from your SAT Reasoning Test.
Start on your college applications early. While filing out the application form might not take a lot of time, you will need plenty of time to write your personal statements. Also, think about the type of learning and social environment that suits the type of individual you are. Do you prefer the excitement and diversity of a large public university or do you learn better in a small classroom setting (in which case, a liberal arts college might be a better fit for you)? Do you want to go far away from home or do you prefer the comfort of familiar surroundings?
Continue to take a full load of classes in your senior year. Show colleges that you are continuing to prepare for the rigors of college next year.
Avoid senioritis—do not let you grades drop! Receiving poor grades in senior year may jeopardize your admission to the college of your dreams.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
UC application goes "live." You can create your online application account.
NOVEMBER 1 & 15:
Early action/early decision application deadline.
UC application deadline.
Regular decision deadline for private colleges. FAFSA application available. (Submit your FAFSA as early as you can.)
UC admissions decisions announced.
Private college admissions decisions announced.
Deadline to submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).
Deadline to submit final high school transcript and test scores.