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College application checklist

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For high school seniors, now is the time to start narrowing down their college lists and start getting serious about applying. To help you get organized, take a look at the following checklist to make sure you are on track.

October:

-          Try to finalize the list of colleges you want to apply to.

-          Arrange campus visits to any colleges you want to apply to but still haven’t seen.

-          Look at the application deadlines for each of the colleges you want to apply to. Also look at the early-decision deadlines.

-          Finalize your college essay. Also check to see if the colleges you are applying to require additional essays.

-          Request recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors.

-          Start looking into scholarships.

-          Take the ACT or SAT if you still need to.

November:

-          Send in early-decision applications.

-          Talk to your guidance counselor about how to get copies of your transcript sent to colleges.

-          Have your ACT or SAT scores sent to the colleges you are applying to.

-          Collect recommendation letters.

-          Start to apply for regular-decision admissions to colleges.

December:

-          Apply for regular-decision admission to colleges. Most colleges have a Jan. 1 deadline.

-          Obtain financial aid materials to start getting the needed paperwork in order.

January:

-          Submit applications for any remaining schools you didn’t already apply to.

-          Start applying for financial aid.

-          Based on where you’ve been accepted, start to narrow down college choices.

February – May:

-          Narrow down college choices. Most schools will require a decision by May 1.

-          Apply for financial aid.

-          Apply for student housing.

-          Apply for scholarships.