To-Do List for Seniors

College Planner:
Amanda Dworsky

Senior College Planning Night Presentation​​


  • Prepare all applications early!
  • Note all registration deadlines for fall ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests and compare registration promptly. Read your application carefully to determine which, if any, Subject Tests are required for admission or placement.
  • Update your final list of college choices. Request teacher recommendations via Naviance.
  • Allow ample time for Transcript and Recommendation requests submitted via Naviance. Do not wait until the last minute.
  • Three college visitation days are permitted.
  • Attend the Senior College Planning night. Review all family and staff responsibilities.
  • Plan to attend the college fairs in the Charlotte area and any college admission representative visits to PLP for schools you are considering.
  • Complete all applications. We highly recommend submitting these applications BEFORE October 15. As with all applications, keep copies of everything. All documents are requested via Naviance.
  • Make final decisions regarding Early Decision and Early Action options.
  • Retake the ACT / SAT if applicable.


  • See your teachers, peers, and college counselor to perfect your college essays.
  • Complete any Early Decision / Early Action applications by October 15.
  • If you plan to seek financial aid and are applying to private colleges and selective state universities, complete Profile as appropriate.
  • Profile gives families and colleges an early read on a student's eligibility for financial aid. Visit The College Board website.
  • Some competitive scholarship applications have deadlines this month. Be sure all recommendations are completed by the required deadline.
  • Retake SAT subject tests, if applicable.


  • Finalize the remainder of your applications. All should be completed by December.


  • Complete remaining applications!
  • Devote time and energy to prepare for your first semester exams. First semester senior year grades are often a deciding factor in admission decisions.

January - June

  • Prepare to complete FAFSA ( Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after January 1st! It is required in order to receive any need-based financial aid. The application can be found online at
  • Let the College Planning team know about any acceptances and scholarship awards.
  • Maintain your academic standing to avoid losing your admission spot, scholarships, or being placed on academic probation at your school of choice.
  • Let college know your choice by May 1st. Also let schools know if you are NOT planning on attending.
  • Be sure to meet all applicable deadlines and requirements for your school of choice.
  • Submit a Final Transcript Request.
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