Senior Year Information (12th Grade)

Congratulations, you've finally made it to your senior year!  This year you'll experience a wide array of mixed emotions.  While this is an exciting time, it can also be stressful.  The key is purposeful planning and keeping up with deadlines.  If you have any questions, your school counselor is available to help. 

Specific Information for Seniors: 

Scholarship Information
You may be familiar with the adage of The Golden Rule: He or she who has the gold makes the rules. This is true with scholarships, which makes doing your research very important.  There is no way your counselor can know all the specifics about you, your family background, parent employment and involvements, etc.  When looking through scholarship databases, it is a good idea to have both parents and students working together.

  • Prioritize college choices
  • Determine deadlines for colleges and scholarships
  • Continue to visit colleges
  • Create/update your resume
  • Register for SAT/ACT if needed
  • Be aware of timeline for competitive scholarships
  • Make sure senior course selections meet college expectations
  • Fill out the "Student Brag Sheet" if you need a recommendation from your school counselor for college admission or a scholarship.
  • Athletes, check NCAA requirements 
Early Fall
  • Meet with your school counselor to explore options
  • Attend college fairs and meet with admissions officers
  • Use CFNC to apply to NC colleges and send transcripts
  • Use the Common App to apply to colleges outside of North Carolina
  • Begin applying to college by completing applications and essays
  • Review transcript procedures
  • Request and collect recommendations
  • Start applying for scholarships
  • Meet early decision deadlines, if applicable
  • Make good grades
  • Verify that your application process is complete
  • Complete financial aid process and FAFSA
  • Continue applying for scholarships
  • Request midyear transcripts, as needed
  • Make your final college decision 
  • Continue to work hard. Despite admittance to college, your grades still count and colleges can revoke your admission!
  • Continue applying for scholarships
  • Communicate with your college to begin enrollment
  • Take AP/SAT Subject Tests, as needed
  • Request final transcript (automatically sent by CFNC)
  • Complete NCAA requirements (athletes)

Senior Year Tips

  • Begin planning early.
  • Use resources available to you in Student Services and on the Internet.
  • Make or save copies of all applications as you submit them.
  • Be aware of your own strengths, weaknesses, and grades.
  • Fill out the "Student Brag Sheet" if you need a recommendation from your school counselor for college admission or a scholarship.
  • Ask teachers and other recommenders for letters and give them time to write a quality letter (at least 2 weeks).
  • Talk with your parents about their expectations, your desires, and financial considerations.
  • MEET DEADLINES set by colleges, Student Services, self, and parents.
  • Develop a student resume and keep it updated.
  • Schedule a time to meet with your counselor to explore options.
  • Fill out your own applications (including SAT & ACT) and write your own essays.
  • Take the initiative on your college/career search.  Remember, this is YOUR life.
  • Keep your school counselor and parents informed as to acceptances, scholarships, etc.
  • Allow time for transcripts and recommendations to be mailed out (at least 2 weeks).
  • Be patient with your friends, parents, and counselors—this is a busy time for everyone.
  • Athletes (Division I and II), register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Help your student clarify realistic goals.
  • Discuss future plans, especially the financial picture and any restrictions with your student early in the selection process.
  • Encourage your student to complete his/her own applications.
  • Remember that this is your student’s future; allow your student to make his/her own choices.
  • Along with your student, meet with your student’s school counselor and attend any parent programs in order to stay informed.
  • Be patient with your student and the school—it is a busy time for everyone.
  • Keep records of everything: phone calls, names, meetings, etc.
  • Plan college visits with your student; incorporate them into family vacations.
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