Senior Timeline

Seniors will meet with their college & personal/academic counselors individually at least once a semester. Counselors will schedule seniors for these meetings throughout the Fall & Spring. Students are welcome to drop in to see their counselors anytime. The Counseling Department will host a parent series with outside speakers on various topics throughout the year. It is recommended that Seniors should attend college visits at SI and receptions, fairs, information sessions of the colleges they are most interested in (available on Family Connection and SI's Counseling Twitter Account). Seniors should have a list of scholarships they plan to apply for (merit, need and achievement scholarships).


  • Individual meeting with your College Counselor - narrow your list of colleges to 8-12
  • Register for SAT and/or ACT tests for the fall
  • Create a master list or calendar that includes:
    • Tests you will take and their fees, dates and registration deadlines
    • College application due dates.
    • Financial aid application forms required and their deadlines (Note: Aid applications may be due before college applications)
    • Other materials you will need (recommendations / transcript, etc.).
    • SI’s College Application Plan deadlines.
  • Ask teacher / College Counselor to review essay drafts. If you are applying for ED, EA, REA, work on the essays (including supplementals) for that application
  • Get FSA ID login from FAFSA for both yourself and one of your parents
  • Organize your college essays in a Google Drive folder


  • Finalize your college application list
  • If you are applying ED or EA, see SI College Application Plan form which is due by 10/1. Submit in person to your College Counselor
  • Prepare Early Decision, Early Action and/or rolling admission applications
  • If you are only applying regular decision, your SI College Application Plan form is due on 10/22. Submit in person to your College Counselor
  • Confirm teacher recommendations, if needed.
  • If you have not had your test scores sent to the colleges to which you are applying, be sure to contact the appropriate test organization to have them sent.
  • FAFSA ( forms for all colleges will open up on October 1st.  Please check each campus for specific deadlines.
  • If you need to fill out the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (over 200 colleges require this additional financial aid form), you can register on starting 10/1.
  • CSU applications are open for Fall beginning on 10/1.
  • Check each CSU test date policy.  December is the final test date for most schools, but some schools (i.e. San Jose State, San Diego State) have earlier deadlines.


  • November 1-15: For early admission, colleges may require test scores, the college application, and FAFSA and/or CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE between these dates.
  • Complete UC and CSU applications. Deadline is November 30.
  • Complete your application essays, proofread them rigorously for mistakes.
  • College Counselors send transcripts and Secondary School Reports to colleges.


  • Make sure all test scores have been sent to all colleges.
  • Recommended to have all FAFSA, CSS Profiles and IDOCS are complete.
  • Be sure to constantly check your email and college portals.
  • SI will send mid-year transcripts as needed.


  • No senioritis, please!  Accepting colleges do look at second-semester senior grades.
  • If you submitted the CSS PROFILE, check your acknowledgement and send any corrections, if necessary, directly to the colleges that require it.
  • Apply for scholarships! 
  • Continue to constantly check your email and college portals.


  • Keep active in school.  If you are wait-listed, the colleges will want to know what you have accomplished between the time you applied and learned of its decision. 
  • Be aware that some colleges may require additional financial aid forms before finalizing financial aid offers.
  • Continue to check your email and college portals.


  • You should receive acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April. If you’ve not done so yet, visit your final college before accepting.  As soon as you decide, notify your counselor of your choice and input it into Naviance Student.
  • Update your scholarships and admissions decisions in Naviance Student.
  • If you are on a waiting list for a school, consult your College Counselor
  • Contact the colleges if you have any questions about the financial aid packages.  Make sure you understand all terms and conditions.
  • Make a final decision, accept the aid package, complete the Student Intent to Register (SIR) for the college you select before May 1.


  • May 1: Colleges cannot require a deposit or commitment to attend before May 1.  By that postmarked date, you must inform every college your acceptance or rejection of the offer of admission and/or financial aid. (Questions?  Talk to your College Counselor.)
  • Send your deposit to one college only.
  • If waitlisted by a college, talk to your College Counselor.
  • Work with your College Counselor to resolve any admission or financial aid problems.
  • Thank everyone who wrote your recommendations or otherwise helped with your college/scholarship applications. 


  • SI will send final transcripts.