Seniors: October Checklist

Oh yes, October is busy

  • Finalize your college list and complete your applications for early decision and early action schools. If you are applying early, make sure your Naviance is updated and tell your counselor and recommenders of your plan.
  •  See which schools on your list have Rolling Admissions. Make a plan to send these applications in early and make sure you request transcripts and test scores to be sent so your application is complete.
  •  Make sure you have established an application account online for each college on your list.
  • Request official transcripts be sent to each college on your list, except UC and CSU campuses. For schools on the Common Application, your counselor should send a transcript as part of the SSR (secondary school report). Your high school counselor will likely give you instructions on how to request transcripts. Be sure to follow all instructions and meet all deadlines. (more…)

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What Juniors can do now to prepare for the college process

Commit to your classes. By now you have heard it dozens of times: Your junior year grades matter a lot. It is true. College admission personnel will focus on your performance in this year’s core academic classes. Your first semester is now behind you. How did you do? Are you proud of your effort and results? Set new goals for the second semester and plan a schedule that allows success. If you need a tutor for a difficult class, get one. If too many extracurricular commitments dragged down your grades, consider taking a break from one or more non-favorite activities. (more…)

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