1. Apply by the Fall scholarship deadline. This varies by school.  Examples of application deadlines may be as early as November 15 or December 1. Most applications are online.  Email or visit your counselor if you don't know your class rank.  There is a fee to apply to most schools so choose only schools you are seriously considering.  If you receive free/reduced lunch, you can usually get the application fee waived.  Talk to your counselor or Mrs. Nielsen. 
    2. Many schools use The Common Application. You complete one application and can send it to various schools. Everything is done electronically.  Be sure to monitor your progress from the website. You may need to remind teachers/counselors of deadlines for recommendations.  (See #4 for more info. on recommendations).  It is recommended that you waive your right to read letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf.  This shows that you feel confident that a positive letter will be written.  However, it is your decision.  Mrs. Nielsen should be listed as the counselor for the Common Application.  Please notify Mrs. Nielsen when you submit a common application.
    3. Apply for any scholarships the college offers.  For automatic scholarships, the admissions application is usually all that has to be submitted. For competitive scholarships, other things are required like essays, letters of recommendation, and a separate application.  Check out scholarships offered for specific majors too. (Example: Mizzou's Trulaske College of Business offers competitive scholarships for students majoring in business.)
    4. If you need a letter of recommendation, give the teacher/counselor at least two weeks notice. Complete a Request for Letter of Recommendation  (found in the counseling office or on this website) or give them a resume.   Include an envelope that is stamped and addressed, or supply the email address. Follow up with a thank you note.  You may want to request that the letter be general in nature as opposed to specific so that it can be used for several schools/scholarships.(example: I recommend "Susie" for this scholarship....as opposed to, I recommend Susie for the Rotary Scholarship.)
    5. Request high school transcript to be sent. Pick up forms in the counseling office or print from this link.  If any other forms need to be sent, it is best for us to send them all at once. Complete one form for each school.  You only need addresses for out of state schools. If you are completing The Common Application or another form of electronic submission (like SENDedu), you do not need to send a paper transcript.  
    6. Check the college websites to see if they will accept your ACT score from your transcript or if you need to send it from ACT. Each time you register for the ACT during senior year, include your college school codes so that they receive your ACT as soon as possible.  You may send 4 free and will be charged for any others.
    7. Continue to take the ACT either to meet admission requirements or to earn scholarships.  Most schools will accept your ACT score throughout senior year for admission but will likely have a cut off date for scholarships.  Study the scholarship section on your college websites carefully.
    8. Once admitted, submit housing/enrollment deposit to the school to secure your spot. Check with your colleges regarding the pros and cons of submitting early. These deposits are often refundable or partially refunded until early Spring which allows you time to make your final decision. But, check your particular school for guidelines. 
    9. Make every effort to visit the campus and learn more about what the school offers in terms of your interests both academically and exra-curricularly.  It is best to visit before applying but if you can't visit in the fall, don't delay your application.
    10. Do your research before applying. This will save you time and money. Apply only to schools you are truly interested in. For most students, this varies from 2-5 schools. Go to the College and Career Exploration portion of the website for ways to learn about colleges.
    11. Apply for outside scholarships.
    12. Complete the FAFSA  after October 1. Read details at  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes.  Send your FAFSA information directly to the schools you are considering. You can get these codes on the FAFSA site. **Be aware of similar sites (like fafsa.com) that will charge you money.Use ONLY fafsa.ed.gov or fafsa.gov) Try www.studentaid.ed.gov  for more information about federal aid.  Meet deadlines in order to receive the best financial aid package.  The state FAFSA  deadline is April 1. The federal deadline is June 30.  The priority deadline is February 1. Filing by the priority deadline offers your best benefit for receiving funding (if you qualify).  Colleges will list "preferred" FAFSA deadlines.  That is their way of saying earlier is better. 
    13. Narrow down your choices after considering the financial aid packages offered, (this might be March or April) as well as all other aspects of the "best fit" school for you. May 1 is often a deadline for any deposit reimbursement from schools you have decided not to attend, schools have their own guidelines on this.
    14. Request final transcript to be sent to the school of your choice. This will be a part of your senior exit survey you will complete 2nd semester. Some schools require a mid year report after 7th semester grades have been calculated. If so, you will need to complete another transcript request form. We do not automatically send mid year reports.  If you are completing The Common Application be sure to let your counselor know that you need a mid year report sent. We do not receive email notifications regarding mid year reports.
    15. Attend an orientation/registration session at your college. These fall at different times depending on your school, but are typically May - August.
    16. If you are completing a class for college credit, or have taken an AP exam, you will need to have that information sent to your college of choice. Click here for information on AP scores accepted at various colleges. You can also find AP credit information on each college website.
    17. If you took any dual credit courses (PLTW, Anatomy & Physiology, 3rd and 4th level French), you will have to request the college where you earned the credit to send your transcript to the college you will attend in the fall.  This is done online through the college where you received credit and will carry a small fee.
    18. Some 4 year schools offer scholarship money for completing the A+ Program.  Ask your college admissions rep if you are eligible for a scholarship from completing the A+ program.  Even if you choose a school that doesn't offer money, being able to include 50 hours of tutoring (community service) on your applications for scholarships is a positive thing. 
    19. The Timberland local scholarship drive will begin around the first of February. The College and Career Counselor will visit English IV classes to explain the application process. You will have 6 weeks to complete applications.  The scholarships are awarded as part of our Senior Honors Night in early May each year.  The local scholarship applications are available on goingmerry.com.  Click here to find other scholarship opportunities.   **Timberland's ceeb code is 263591

    To see how and if your AP credit will transfer to your colleges of choice, click here

    If you have questions, please visit the College and Career Center!