_______ Keep your focus on schoolwork and take the most difficult classes you can handle. .
_______ Take career interest assessments
and determine the education needed for careers that interest you.
_______ Participate in extracurricular activities.
_______ Volunteer in the community.
_______ Sign up for the ACT
if you didn't take it as a junior, or if you aren't satisfied with your score.
_______ Review ACT test results
and retest if necessary.
August to December
_______ Visit with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission
_______ Consider taking courses at a local university or community college .
_______ Ask for personal references from teachers, school counselors, or employers early in the year
or at least two weeks before application deadline.
_______ Follow your school's procedure for requesting recommendations.
_______ Visit with admissions counselors
who come to your high school.
_______ Attend college fairs
_______ Begin your college admission essay(s)
_______ Apply for admission at the South Dakota public universities
or South Dakota Technical Institutes
_______ Avoid common college application mistakes
_______ Find out if you qualify for scholarships
at each college where you have applied.
_______ Start the financial aid
January to May
_______ If you need it, get help completing the FAFSA
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) .
_______ Ask your guidance office in January to send first semester transcripts to schools where you applied. In May, they
will need to send final transcripts to the college you will attend.
_______ Visit colleges that have invited you to enroll.
_______ Decide which college to attend, and notify the school of your decision.
_______ Keep track of and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork.
_______ Notify schools you will not attend of your decision.
_______ Continue to look for scholarship opportunities.
_______ Keep track of important financial aid and scholarship deadlines.
_______ Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report
(SAR)-it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed.
_______ Notify your college about any outside scholarships you received.
June to August
_______ Make sure your final transcript is sent to the school you will be attending.
_______ Make a list of what you will need to take with you for your dorm room.
_______ If you haven't met your roommate, call, write, or e-mail to get acquainted in advance.
_______ Make sure housing documentation is quickly accessible when you move into the dorm.
_______ Learn how to get around at your new school. Review a campus map.
_______ Wait until after your first class meeting to buy your books and supplies.
_______ Get a job to earn money for college.
_______ Review orientation materials from the college you selected.
_______ If living on campus, check with the college for a list of what's provided by the school and what the school expects
the student to provide.
_______ Contact your roommate.