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).


  • Eat well, exercise and get enough sleep
  • Do your homework on all the colleges you are applying to
  • Research and update your scholarship list.  Make sure you have an action plan to meet deadlines.
  • Register for various ACT plus Writing /SAT with Writing /Subject tests for Fall exams asap.  Check your campuses for the latests adcceptable test date.  
  • Apply for scholarships (Family ConnectionSI Website, Fastweb, Internet)
  • Connect with your counselor(s) and communicate with your teachers regularly


  • Narrow your list of colleges to 8-12 and meet with your College Counselor.
  • Register for SAT with Writing and/or ACT plus Writing tests for the fall.

Create a master list or calendar that includes:

  • o   Tests you will take and their fees, dates and registration deadlines.
  • o   College application due dates.  Many colleges' applications are open for both public and private universities.
  • o   Financial aid application forms required and their deadlines (Note: Aid applications may be due before college applications.).
  • o   Other materials you will need (recommendations, transcript, etc.).
  • o   SI’s College Application Plan deadlines.


  • Try to finalize your college choices
  • Prepare Early Decision, Early Action or rolling admission application and turn in your College Application Plan to your College Counselor.
  • Confirm Teacher recommendations, if needed.
  • Ask a teacher/College Counselor to review essay drafts.  If you’re applying for ED, EA, REA, finish the essays for that application now.
  • Get FSA ID login from FAFSA for both yourself and one of your parents. 
  • FAFSA ( forms for all colleges will open up on October 1st.  Please check each campus for specific deadlines.
  • 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.
  • 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 Oct 1.
  • CSU application are open for Fall applications.
  • Check each CSU test date policy.  October is the last test date for some selective campuses. 


  • November 1-15: For early admission, colleges may require test scores and application between these dates.
  • Complete UC and CSU applications.
  • Complete your application essays, proofread them rigorously for mistakes.
  • College Counselors send transcripts to colleges.


  • As you finish and send your applications and essays, be sure to keep copies.
  • Make sure all test scores have been sent to all colleges.
  • Recommended to have all FAFSA, CSS Profiles and IDOCS are complete.


  • 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! 


  • 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.
  • Be sure to consistently check your email and college portals, as this is how colleges will be in contact with you.


  • 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 Family Connection.
  • Update your scholarships onto Family Connection.
  • Contact the colleges if you have any questions about the financial aid packages they’ve offered you.  Make sure you understand all terms and conditions.
  • Make a final decision, accept the aid package and mail a deposit check to 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.
  • Wait-listed by a college?  If you will enroll if accepted, tell the admissions representatives your intent and ask how to strengthen your application.  Need financial aid?  Ask whether funds will be available if you are accepted.
  • 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.