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SENIOR YEAR TIMELINE

Class of 2014

JUNE/JULY/AUGUST
Visit potential colleges & universities you are
considering applying to.

OCTOBER
Bring parents to College Night at MCA. Sign up and attend the MN National College Fair. Invite parents to an MCIS training session during
conferences.

Consider a job shadow or internship relevant to


career interest.

Review several college applications to become


familiar with writing questions (use Common Application at www.commonapp.org).

Meet with counselor or dean of academics to discuss


future plans.

Narrow down your list of colleges to 6-8 schools.


List should include likely schools as well as reach and target schools.

Plan college visits whenever possible (MEA & parent


conferences).

Begin filling out college applications. If applying for early decision, submit application
now. Please request and allow 10 school days for official transcript requests from the dean of academics.

SEPTEMBER
Plan college visits whenever possible - get a close-up
look at a campus its people, programs, and services before applying. Try to speak with students on campus and attend a class in the major you wish to pursue.

Secure letters of recommendation from teachers,


counselors, employers, and others.

Narrow down list of colleges to 5-8 schools (include


reach, target, and likely schools).

Register for ACT and/or SAT given in October.


-Have scores sent to the colleges on short list.

Organize application materials, noting admission,


financial aid, and housing deadlines.

Review several college applications to become


familiar with the kind of information needed to supply on an application.

If family cannot afford the application fees check


with the guidance office about the possibility of a fee waiver.

Apply to NCAA (www.NCAAclearinghouse.net) if


intending to participate in Division I or II athletics as a freshman in college.

Apply for $cholarship$.


-Watch priority application deadlines for college scholarships opportunities. -Check the MCA scholarship newsletter or create a personal search on MCIS.

Attend NACCAP Christian College Fair @ Minnehaha


Academy.

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
Finalize college choices and submit applications on
time know the colleges priority deadlines.

APRIL
Meet deadlines for financial aid applications and
housing applications at all colleges considering.

Save a copy of the application prior to sending to the


college.

If placed on a colleges wait list, let the admission


office know if still interested in attending there.

Schedule any necessary admissions interviews. Males, US citizens, register with the Selective Service
on 18th birthday.

Notify any accepted colleges and state intentions of


attending or on declining.

Apply for summer employment. Many financial


awards assume some student financial contribution.

Talk with high school alumni when they visit for the
holidays about their college experiences.

MAY JANUARY
January 1 February 15 - Submit FAFSA online at
www.fafsa.ed.gov

Register for the February ACT if needed. This is the


last test date when colleges will be able to receive results in time for consideration for next falls admission.

Take AP exams, if applicable. Study for final exams. Results matter! Send thank-you notes to everyone who wrote a
recommendation or who helped with the application process. Inform them on your college choice.

FEBRUARY/MARCH
Apply for housing. Take advantage of freshman
housing guarantee deadlines.

JUNE/JULY/AUGUST
Make sure the dean of academics sends final
transcript to the college.

Apply NOW for admission to a college if you have


not done so. Dont wait any longer!

Plan to attend summer orientation meetings offered


at college.

Review financial Student Aid Report (SAR) for


accuracy.

Consider a job shadow or internship relevant to your


career interest.

Complete remaining scholarships applications. Record all accomplishments, activities, and work
experiences from high school career on the MCIS rsum.

Get ready! An exciting college experience awaits!


When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those to make it happen, and those who wonder what happened. -John M. Richardson, Jr.

Meet with counselor or dean of academics, if


needed to discuss options and decisions.