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Senior Checklist: Are You Ready?


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By Katelyn Neumann/GG Staff Writer

Senior year can go by fast. Soon graduating seniors will be up to their eyeballs in applications and deadlines.

To help ease the stress, the Gator Galaxy has compiled a list of some of the most important deadlines seniors will fact this year. From ACT and SAT registration deadlines and test dates to when to start thinking about that all-important graduation bash.

Check out the list to see what you need to do to be ready to walk across the stage on May 28.

September

Sign up for ACT and/or SAT tests.                                                    

Meet with counselor make sure you’re on track to graduate and have all the classes you will need to get into the college/university you want to attend.

Get letters of recommendation from teachers.

Finalize your list of potential college choices.

Schedule college visits. Long weekends or breaks are good times to travel.

October

Registration deadline for Nov. 5 SAT test is Oct. 7 (late registration available for an additional fee).

ACT test on Oct. 22.

Start filling out college and scholarship applications.

Search for scholarships at educationquest.org.

Stay on top of school work to conquer early-onset senioritis.

Attend college fairs or recruiter visits.

Senior pictures due for yearbook by Oct. 31.

November

Registration deadline for Dec. 3 SAT test is Nov. 3 (late registration available for an additional fee).

Registration deadline for Dec. 10 ACT test is Nov. 4 (late registration available for an additional fee).

SAT test on Nov. 5.

Pick up your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) application.

Finish college applications and start keeping an eye out for acceptance letters.

December

SAT test on Dec. 3

ACT test on Dec. 10

Registration deadline for Jan. 21 SAT test is Dec. 21 (late registration available for an additional fee).

Continue working on scholarship applications over Winter break. Many applications are due after the first of the year.

Complete FASFA at FASFA.gov before college priority dates (deadline is June 30, 2017)

January:

Registration deadline for Feb. 11 ACT test is Jan. 13 (late registration is available for an additional fee).

SAT test on Jan. 21.

Make mid-year grades available to the colleges/universities where you have applied.

Start thinking about graduation! Start your graduation party plans and look at ordering invitations soon.

February:

This month is the deadline for most college applications.

Registration deadline for March 11 SAT test is Feb. 10 (late registration available for an additional fee).

ACT test date: Feb. 11

March:

Registration deadline for April 8 ACT test is on March 3 (late registration available for an additional fee).

SAT test on March 11.

Register for AP exams if applicable.

Begin hunt for a summer job.

Visit any accepted colleges to help make your final decision.

Order your graduation invitations if you have not already.

April:

Registration deadline for May 6 SAT test is on April 7 (late registration available for an additional fee).

ACT test on April 8.

You should hear from colleges soon if you haven’t already.

Make an enrollment decision. May 1 is the cut off for many colleges and universities.

Start addressing and mailing out graduation invitations to family and friends.

May:

Registration deadline for June 10 ACT test is on May 5 (late registration available for an additional fee).

SAT test on May 6.

Registration deadline for June 3 SAT test is May 9 (late registration available for an additional fee).

Request final transcripts to be sent to school you are planning to attend.

Send out thank you notes to those people who have helped you out with applications, letters of recommendation, etc.

Attend graduation on May 28 at 3 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

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