Senior Year

You made it. Let’s party! Well, not quite yet. There’s still much work to be done. Offers of admission are contingent upon a strong performance senior year, and colleges can, and will, rescind admission offers to those who slack off, so stay focused!

August

  • Attend the college information session for parents and seniors at the opening of school.
  • Schedule a cycle meeting with your college counselor ASAP. You’ll meet once every cycle from now until December to discuss your college list, essays, and much more.
  • Private scholarships. Begin looking at private outside scholarships if you are interested. Fastweb.com, finaid.com, and goodcall.com are good starting points, and application deadlines start as early as August.
  • Register for the ACT/SAT. LFA is a test site, however registration is on a first come, first serve basis. You are not guaranteed a seat at LFA, so register early! Click here for test dates.
  • Register for the TOEFL. International students, if your first language is not English, some colleges no matter how long you’ve studied in the US will require you to submit a TOEFL score.
  • SAT Subject tests. Many schools require SAT Subject tests. It’s not too late to retake an SAT Subject test, and exams occur in October.
  • Teacher recommendations. Touch base (in person) again with your teachers to make sure they’re still able to write a recommendation letter for you, and inform them of your first application deadline. Make sure electronic requests have also been sent through Naviance.
  • Update Naviance. Make sure Naviance accurately reflects the colleges you’re applying to, and the round in which you plan to apply (Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision, Priority, Rolling, Early Decision II, and Restrictive Early Action).
  • Essays. Hopefully you’re ready to submit your Common Application essay to your college counselor. The sooner you complete this, the sooner you can get started on the supplemental essays many colleges require.
  • Course changes. Discuss any class changes you are thinking about, and run them by your college counselor. You’ll have two weeks after school starts to make changes to your academic schedule.

September

  • Send scores. NOW is the time to send your AP, TOEFL, SAT Subject, SAT and ACT scores to colleges that have a November 1st deadline. You are responsible for sending scores, not LFA. Don’t wait until the last minute, as they can take up to 2 weeks to arrive at a school!
  • LFA College Fair. Attend LFA’s College Night where 130 different colleges and universities will be on campus for an hour and 45 minutes (mandatory for juniors and seniors to attend).
  • Update Naviance. Make sure Naviance accurately reflects the colleges you’re applying to, and the round in which you plan to apply (Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision, Priority, Rolling, Early Decision II, and Restrictive Early Action).
  • Essays. Hopefully you’ve received feedback on your Common Application essay and are close to a final product. Continue to make iterative changes but the focus should now be put on completing your supplement essays.
  • Colleges visit LFA. Over 215 colleges and universities visit LFA each fall. Seniors can miss class to meet with visiting college admission officers, just be sure to make your teachers aware, and sign in at the CC office. See who’s visiting LFA by going to the College Visit Calendar.
  • Off-Campus Interviews. Many schools will offer off-campus interviews with admission representatives or alumni interviewers. If you’re given the opportunity to, take advantage of it!

October

  • Visit colleges. Take advantage of fall break, and go visit colleges. If you haven’t already visited the school you’re considering applying Early Decision, now is the time to do so!
  • Essays. You have a polished Common Application essay, and hopefully have begun sharing drafts of your supplement essays with your college counselor.
  • College Application Day. Spend this day, in the middle of October, to touch base with your college counselor, and to polish off the remaining items on your application, Whether that that completing the activities section of your Common Application, supplemental essays or portfolios.
  • Applying for Financial Aid? If you’re planning on applying for federal financial aid, you'll need to submit two items: the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Both become available to submit on October 1st. Non-domestic students applying for financial aid should contact their college counselor.
  • Send Scores. NOW is the time to send your AP, SAT Subject, SAT and ACT scores to colleges that have a November 15th deadline. You are responsible for sending scores. Don’t wait until the last minute, as they can take up to 2 weeks to arrive at a school!
  • Colleges visit LFA. Over 215 colleges and universities visit LFA each fall. Seniors can miss class to meet with visiting college admission officers, just be sure to make your teachers aware, and sign in at the CC office. See who’s visiting LFA by going to the College Visit Calendar.
  • Off-Campus Interviews. Many schools will offer off-campus interviews with admission representatives or alumni interviewers. If you’re given the opportunity to, take advantage of it!

November

  • Press submit! Many schools Early Action and Early Decision deadlines fall on November 1st.
  • Send scores. NOW is the time to send your AP, SAT Subject, SAT and ACT scores to colleges that have a December 1st deadline. You are responsible for sending scores. Don’t wait until the last minute, as they can take up to 2 weeks to arrive at a school!
  • Off-Campus Interviews. Many schools will offer off-campus interviews with admission representatives or alumni interviewers. If you’re given the opportunity to, take advantage of it!
  • Press submit! Many schools Early Action and Early Decision deadlines fall on November 15th, and others (namely UC schools) have a November 30th application deadline.
  • Colleges visit LFA. Over 215 colleges and universities visit LFA each fall. Seniors can miss class to meet with visiting college admission officers, just be sure to make your teachers aware, and sign in at the CC office. See who’s visiting LFA by going to the College Visit Calendar.

December

  • Early Decision Notification! Early Action, Early Decision and Restrictive Early Action decisions will typically come out in Mid-December. Assume the worst, and be prepared to submit Regular Decision or Early Decision II applications in January.
  • Update Naviance. Whatever admission decisions you receive: admit, defer, deny, or waitlist, please update your Naviance account to reflect those decisions.
  • Course changes. Discuss any second semester changes you are thinking about, and run them by your college counselor. You will have to notify the schools you’ve applied to of any changes to your schedule.
  • We’re away. The LFA CC office will be away from the office during the holiday season so be sure to touch base with them about application questions prior to leaving for the semester.
  • Send scores. NOW is the time to send your AP, SAT Subject, SAT and ACT scores to colleges that have a January 1st or 15th deadline. You are responsible for sending scores. Don’t wait until the last minute, as they can take up to 2 weeks to arrive at a school!
  • Press submit! Many schools Early Decision II and Regular Decision deadlines will fall on January 1st, or January 15th.

January

  • Send scores. NOW is the time to send your AP, SAT Subject, SAT and ACT scores to colleges that have a February 1st deadline. You are responsible for sending scores. Don’t wait until the last minute, as they can take up to 2 weeks to arrive at a school!
  • Update Naviance. Whatever admission decisions you receive: admit, defer, deny, or waitlist, please update your Naviance account to reflect those decisions.

February-April

  • Update Naviance. Whatever admission decisions you receive: admit, defer, deny, or waitlist, please update your Naviance account to reflect those decisions.
  • Visit colleges. For those who are still undecided, visit the colleges you’re still considering. For those of you who have made a decision, attend your school’s Admitted Student Day programs. Who knows, you might meet your roommate for next year!
  • Decisions! Most Regular Decision notifications will come out toward the end of March and early April.
  • Attend Networking Night. An opportunity for current students to interact with young LFA alumni and learn about careers in a variety of industries, as well as ask questions about college majors, internships, and the typical day-in-the-life of young professionals.

May

  • National Candidate Reply Date. You must choose a single offer of admission to accept by this date. Submit your enrollment deposit to hold your spot in the class; otherwise colleges reserve the right to offer your spot to a student on the wait list.
  • Update Naviance. Where are you attending next year? Be sure to input that information as well as all the admission decisions you received from all your schools before leaving LFA. We will send a final transcript to the school in which you are enrolling as long as you tell us where you're attending.
  • Thank your teachers. Be sure to thank the teachers who wrote recommendation letters for you.
  • AP exams. Scoring a 4 or a 5 on an AP exam might count for credit at your college or university so be sure to sign up and study.
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