Build a flexible
schedule allowing for study time, extracurricular
activities, and other interests.
academic courses to better prepare you for
Get involved only in
extracurricular activities that you have a genuine
interest in and those to which you are willing to
make the necessary time commitment.
Start developing a
resume by keeping a scrapbook of your
accomplishments including articles about yourself.
Find out about summer
jobs and how to gain the skills necessary to obtain
volunteer opportunities that will expand your
experience and skills.
catalogs and other college materials including
financial aid information.
Visit websites to
explore colleges online, such as
For most students, it
is not necessary to try to cram all your graduation
requirements into your first three years of high
school. ALL students must take six (6) classes their
senior year. Many students who take all their
requirements early are left with nothing to take
their senior year. This year, take an elective class
that is of interest to you and the area in which you
want to major in college, such as art, Media
Concepts, Legal/Protective Services, Early Childhood
Take the PSAT
(Pre-SAT) in October and/or the PLAN (Pre-ACT) in
November to prepare you for college entrance exams.
athletics, check out NCAA requirements online at
For the FALL . . .
Take the PSAT
(Pre-SAT) in October to practice taking college
entrance exams and to compete for prestigious
National Merit Scholarships.
Attend sessions with
college representatives who visit Blackman High
School during lunch. Attend the college fair that is
held at MTSU's Murphy Center, usually in early
Develop a list of
possible post-secondary schools. Visit websites to
obtain information on those post-secondary schools.
private sources of financial aid such as
scholarships and write for applications.
For the SPRING . . .
Take the ACT/SAT.
Begin narrowing your
choices for post-secondary schools. Schedule campus
Visit colleges online
Now is the time to
check with libraries and community organizations for
the names and addresses of possible scholarship
sources. Keep records of anyone you speak with
concerning grants or scholarships.
portfolios, audition tapes, writing samples, or
other evidence of talents required for college
admission and/or for scholarships.
If you plan to play
sports in college, write to college coaches at your
target schools. Include a schedule of your athletic
events for the upcoming year. Develop a resume of
your sports accomplishments including a highlight
tape and relevant articles about your successes.
After your junior year has
ended, register with the NCAA
Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. For information
on how to do this, visit
www.ncaaclearinghouse.net or go see your
For the SUMMER . . .
online applications, filling out rough drafts,
without submitting them.
especially the essays. Ask others to proof the essay
for any grammar, content or punctuation errors.
Read all college mail
and send reply cards back to schools of interest.
Apply for those
scholarships whose deadlines are in the fall. You
may be too busy once school starts.
For the FALL . . .
Make sure you
continue to meet high school graduation and college
Organize and record
relevant dates on a calendar so you can plan your
year more efficiently.
Read the Senior
Journal each month, noting important dates.
Make copies of your
admissions and financial aid forms. Practice filling
them out before doing the final one.
Meet with visiting
recruiters from the schools of interest to you.
Arrange visits to
schools you are considering and schedule admissions
interviews if required.
Make the final
preparation of your portfolios, audition tapes,
writing samples, or other evidence of talent
required for admission and/or for scholarships.
Finalize your resume to send with your applications.
Submit your college
Watch out for DEADLINES! Often,
scholarship and admissions deadlines for a
university are different; many times scholarship
deadlines are much earlier in the year than
Remember to request a
transcript from the Counseling Office that will
accompany each college application you send out.
Remember that each official transcript you request
Take or retake the
ACT or SAT.
Keep records of
everything you submit.
Identify at least two
of the following to write solid recommendation forms
for you: a teacher, extracurricular advisor,
principal, employer, or counselor. Give the
recommendation forms, along with your senior resume,
to teachers, advisors, etc. at least one month
before they are due. Follow up on the progress of
If seeking athletic
scholarships, contact the coaches from the schools
you are considering and include a resume of your
For the SPRING . . .
Apply for financial
aid by completing and submitting your Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon
after January 1 as possible. The FAFSA is available
from the Counseling Office, from your college’s
financial aid office, or online at
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. This form must be
filled out for any federal or state money to be
awarded, including the Hope Lottery Scholarship.
Call the school of
your choice and confirm that they have received your
admissions application materials, including letters
of recommendation and housing applications.
Request a transcript
from the Counseling Office to accompany each college
application you send out. Remember that each
official transcript you request costs $1.00.
The information you
receive back after the FAFSA is processed is the
Student Aid Report (SAR). If any portion of the
information on the SAR is incorrect, please correct
it and resubmit it to the processing center.
Notify the school(s)
in writing as to whether you are accepting or
declining admission by the proper deadline.
Review your financial
aid award letter with your parents and be sure that
you understand the terms and conditions that
accompany each kind of aid. Sign your financial aid
award letter and return it to the school.
Notify the financial
aid office of any outside scholarships or grants
that you have accepted since your initial
Be aware of due dates
for tuition, fees, room and board, and other
Respond immediately to all correspondence regarding
school, scholarships, and financial aid.
Participate in summer
orientation programs for incoming freshman after
Meet all class