Senior Year Calendar
- Start finalizing your college list and begin the online applications process. The University of California application opens August 1st. University of California
The UC application requires you to answer four out eight Personal Insight Questions, select the questions that would best define you UC Personal Insight Tips
This helpful video can assist you as you write your Personal Insight questions: Video – Personal Insight Tips
UC Application Overview PDF |
- If you are applying to a private university, it is most likely that they use the “Common Application” which also opens in August 1st. Open an account on Common Application at: Common Application
- Start Seriously considering possible careers – take the career survey on Naviance if you haven’t taken it already.
- Review your final college list with your family to make sure it fits your career choice and finances. Add or make changes on your Naviance college list “colleges I am considering” Use the scattergram on your Naviance account to see how your GPA match up to the colleges you have selected You can also go on CollegeBoard and use their college search. SAT and ACT is optional this year for Cal States and UC Schools and not part of your evaluation – If you want to try the SAT or ACT, sign up for the October test – SAT or ACT
- Check @fhscollegeandcareer Instagram account for virtual college visits and college information – Complete your Brag Sheet for your teachers and counselor for letters of recommendation Brag Sheet
- Counselors will be making college presentation that will help you to complete your applications. Recheck your A-G requirements. Attend the College Application Night (on hold for 2020) Representatives from UC, CSU, Community Colleges and Common Application will be reviewing the application process. Stay in touch with our college and career counselor, Hannah Huynh email@example.com for college workshops and update. | View College Application Process Presentations
- Check the counseling calendar for the schedule of admission representatives visiting FHS and sign up for colleges of interest. If you cannot attend a specific visit, fill out an interest card in the College & Career Center for the college representative.
- Fill out your brag sheet on Naviance. Copy and paste it onto a Word document and increase the font to 12 pt. to give to your teachers that are writing your letter of recommendation. You may want to include a thank you card or note. Inform your counselor that you will be applying to a private school and will need them to complete your secondary school report and write a letter of recommendation. Make sure that your brag sheet is updated. Your counselors do not need a paper copy.
- Read updates for each of your college choices regarding COVID-19 – it often changes!
- Stay organized and track your deadlines – the California State University and the University of California application Deadline is November 30th. Private schools will vary so check their website and visit common application Common Application to check application deadlines and essay questions. Email your counselor for a google meet if we aren’t back on campus.
- Work on completing your college list on Naviance and check the counseling website for college visits – College and Career Center – College Visits
- California State Universities application filing period open October 1st – CSU Mentor: California State University Video – CSU Application Help | CSU Application Help website
- Attend a Virtual College Fair this fall – Visit the link: https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/attend-virtual-college-fairs/students/
- California State Universities application filing period open October 1st – CSU Apply: California State University Apply Video – CSU Application Help | CSU Application Help website
- Work on your college applications, personal statement and essays. IF YOU ARE APPLYING EARLY: (Early Applicant or Early Decision), FINALIZE your application(s) and essays! Continue attending college representative visits in the College & Career Center.
- Check specific majors, such as engineering, for possible test needed such as subject tests.
- Click to view this Financial Aid Presentation video.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid open submission period begins October. Ask your parents for their income tax information that they completed in spring and begin the FAFSA application. https://fafsa.ed.gov Attend the FAFSA Information Night October, at Foothill High School for questions regarding FAFSA. Apply for your FAFSA Personal ID Number (PIN). All students applying to college should complete the FAFSA. FAFSA Application. Tips on applying to the FAFSA: Video – FAFSA Help CSS/Financial Aid Profile – If you are applying to a private college you will also need to check the CSS Profile to see if your college requires additional financial information which is on CSS Profile CSS Profile
- Explore Financial Aid options including FAFSA https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa and CSS Profile for Private colleges https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/?navId=gf-css
- Meet with your counselor (google meet) to review your college choices, review your prompt topics and ask questions. Have your brag sheet complete and be sure to inform your teachers and counselor that you requesting a letter of recommendation by NOVEMBER 15th.
- If your college is outside of California but a state university, you will need to submit transcript through Parchment: Ordering final transcript
Reminder: you do not need to send first semester transcripts to CSU, UC’s, and Common Application schools.
- Watch this video: SENIOR TALK: COLLEGE.
- Know your Early Admission deadlines! Early Decision and Early Action deadlines are typically November 1st or 15th. Don’t miss your deadlines. If you need letters of recommendation from your teacher or counselor make sure they have your brag sheet a month prior. For regular admission, the deadline for requesting letters of recommendation is November 15th. Make sure you have spoken to your teachers and counselors by that deadline.
- University of California (UC) application filing period is from November 1-30. Don’t wait until the last minute to file!
- Finalize any college applications with a January deadline. If you will be attending a community college, be on the alert for priority registration. Irvine Valley College: Irvine Valley College | Santiago Valley College: Santiago Canyon College | Santa Ana College: Santa Ana College | Orange Coast College: Orange Coast College
- Check to see if any of the private colleges that you are applying to requires the CSS profile for financial aid. This is an additional application that provides colleges with additional information regarding financial need: CSS Profile College Board
- Start or continue your search for scholarships. Check the scholarship list on Naviance for community scholarships weekly as it changes with new additions. Stop by the College and Career Center with questions and to inquire about new scholarship postings along with scholarship web searches such as: Fastweb Scholarship Search Good Call Scholarship Search California Scholarship Search Go College Scholarships Scholarship Experts
- If you will be attending a college in California, you may be eligible for the Cal Grant. Talk to your counselor or the College and Career Counselor about qualifications for a Cal Grant (financial aid) Cal Grants
- Send in your mid-year reports including your seventh semester transcript, if requested by your college. Always check your email for college requests and communications. If you applied to a university through Common Applications, your counselors will automatically send in mid-your 7th semester transcript.
- Check to make sure all applications were received (keep all email receipts) and keep checking your email.
February to March
- Decisions (rolling admission offers) begin to arrive!
- Keep up your grades! You will need to submit your final grades to the college of your choice.
- Colleges can rescind your admission if you do not maintain your grade point average.
- If there are changes in your academic courses or extra curricular program since your initial application, you must notify your colleges.
- Stay on top of financial aid deadlines and check for local scholarships in the college and career center.
- Check your email for communications from colleges, especially those regarding incomplete applications or missing information. Respond quickly to any requests.
- Attend Senior Day at your local community college. See the College & Career Center for more information.
- April 1 acceptances arrive! Analyze your acceptances and financial aid packages carefully to determine what is the best match for you.
- Decisions and deposits are due by May 1 to the college of your choice. Follow the instructions on your acceptance letter. Note any special procedures for housing. It is considered unethical to make a deposit to more than one school.
- Notify colleges you are turning down of your decision. Wait-listed? https://foothillhscounseling.org/wait-listed/