Senior Checklist

Class of 2018

Academic goals for the year:

  • Make sure that you are on track to graduate and for Bright Futures.

  • Keep your grades up - they are still important! If applying to universities that use the CommonApp, know that your Guidance Counselor will be sending a mid-year transcript. In addition, if you are applying to Florida universities with rolling admissions policies and have not been accepted by January, it would be best to send your mid-term transcript as well, so make sure to maintain the same caliber of grades as you had during your junior year.

  • You must have your final transcript sent to your final college choice, and they may rescind offers of admission if the same rigor is not maintained or if they see failing grades or dropped classes. In the case where you have a failing grade or are thinking of dropping a class, please contact me so that I can help you.

Preparation for college applications:

  • Please make an appointment with me asap so that we can go over the list of your final colleges and help you with your applications!

  • Attend the college visits at your school and/or when they tour South Florida, especially for your top choices for university. 

  • If possible, visit the college campuses where you are interested in applying. If that's not possible, visit campuses virtually, with their online tours.

  • College email: Consider creating a new (professional sounding) email, just for your college application process. Keep a list of the colleges applied to with your account information, user name, and password. 

 

Completing college applications:

Fill out your applications carefully, making lists in Word documents of your extra curriculars, leadership positions, jobs, and awards, listing them by importance. Make sure your application is complete and accurate.

  • Essay: Start that college essay early! See me so that we can brainstorm ideas and get you started writing you essays. Just start writing, then edit, edit, edit. Then see me again...

  • SAT/ACT: If you are not satisfied with your scores, retake the SAT or ACT as soon as possible, depending on your application due date. 

  • PCheck online to make sure every application is complete: this includes your application, application fee or fee waiver, high school transcripts, ACT/SAT test scores, essays (when applicable), letters of recommendation (when applicable) and any supplemental materials required.

  • Deadlines: Keep track of what is missing, calling the school if a problem arises. Ensure that all components of your application have arrived before the deadline(s).

  • Admission: Once your application is complete and submitted, check regularly for admission information (for those schools with rolling admissions). For those schools with admissions on a specific date and time – patience!

 

Financial Aid/Scholarships:

  • Bright Futures: Complete the Bright Futures application in October of your senior year. I will be having workshops - sign up for one if you need help! 

  • Some private universities require the CSS profile. I can help you with these documents.

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) fafsa.gov. in October as well. I will help you fill this out as well.

  • Once you have applied for financial aid through FAFSA.gov, review your SAR (Student Aid Report) so that you understand where you are financially in paying for college.

  • Call college(s) about your financial aid report so they can answer any questions that you have.

 

Scholarships:

  • Need help with scholarships? Make an appointment with me, so that you don't waste your time.

  • Remember that you should never have to pay to apply for a scholarship or to get on a scholarship website. 

 

College Decision is Made:

  • Inform the university you will be attending, and make a tuition deposit to show your intent to go there - by May 1st.

  • Apply for housing, and make the deposit, as soon as possible, given that it’s on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Sign up for orientation.

 

​Junior Checklist

Class of 2019

Academic goals for the year:

  • Maintain the best grades you possibly can! Colleges make admission decisions based on your academic history and course selection from 9th-12th grade.

  • Make careful course selection for 12th grade. Continue to choose challenging classes. Universities like to see continued rigor, at least the same as your junior year! If you choose AP classes, be sure that you will be able to succeed in them academically (grade of A or B). 

  • Continue to develop good study and time management skills.

  • Check into Dual Enrollment options. 

  • Consider taking the ASVAB, a career interest inventory exam. This test is free and given at most public high schools school in the fall.

ACT/SAT and PSAT/NMSQT:

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT– This test allows students to eventually qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. High achievers and those excellent test takers should do prep for the test, given their potential for scholarship! 

  • This is the year all students should take the ACT and SAT - I strongly suggest taking both. Many students do better on one test than the other. 

  • If you are on free/reduced lunch, you are eligible for 2 free ACT and 2 free SAT fee waivers. See the guidance office at your school to obtain them.

  • PREPARE for the ACT and SAT tests! Online you have a great number of FREE/low cost options for SAT/ACT prep. Here are two:

    • KhanAcademy: this website is that of the College Board, the same company that makes the SAT test. It is an amazing site with 6 full-length practice tests, and ​thousands of SAT questions - totally FREE!

    • ACT offers $39 online prep classes. You can sign up/pay for the class when you register for the test. If you are on free/reduced lunch, the prep class is free. 

An SAT or ACT book can also be a great way of prepping for the these tests (available to check out from your school's Media Center, and for purchase at local book stores and online). Practice tests with answer keys are a way to become very comfortable taking the test, and allow you to find your areas of weakness, work on them, and score your highest. They also have full-length tests!

Build your resume and explore colleges:

  • Attend local college fairs and individual college tours in the fall and spring in order to gain more knowledge about universities.

  • Visit college campuses that interest you, if you travel.

  • Explore colleges and careers online.

  • Fill out the Fafsa4caster to help you understand your options for paying for college.

  • Continue to participate in at least 2-3 clubs, obtaining leadership experience if possible.

  • Consider volunteering or working during the summer.

  • Continue keeping track of your activities, volunteering, honors, awards, and employment.

​Sophomore Checklist

Class of 2020

Academic goals:

  • Maintain the best grades you can. Remember that colleges look at grades and rigor from 9th-12th grade.

  • Choose your 11th grade courses wisely, and challenge yourself by taking the highest levels of classes in which you can earn an A or a B. Don’t overload your schedule.

  • Talk to your Guidance Counselor about any graduation concerns you might have.

  • Verify that you are meeting Bright Futures requirements, along with college requirements for the universities that interest you.

  • Learn to use your time wisely.

 

Build your resume for college:

  • Join or continue your participation in 2-3 clubs and stay with them throughout high school. Try out for leadership position(s).

  • Continue earning your service hours. If possible, volunteer with organizations that relate to your future career path.

  • Consider working or volunteering over the summer break.

  • Don’t forget to keep track of your activities, volunteering, employment, honors and awards.

  • Visit college campuses that interest you, if you travel.

  • Explore colleges online. Most offer virtual tours of the campus, classrooms and dorms.

 

Look toward college:

  • Take the PSAT 10 – free for all 10th graders. This test will give you a general idea of how you will do on the SAT test!

  • Consider taking the ASVAB (career exploration and aptitude test), an inventory exam, which can help guide you on career choice. Most public high schools give the test once per year.

  • Attend local College Fairs in the spring in order to gain knowledge about universities.

  • Look into college prep and try to find the time to do prep over the summer (following 10th grade).

  • Visit college campuses that interest you, if you travel. Research universities online.

SAT/ACT Prep:

The summer before your junior year is a great time to do prep for the ACT and SAT.  Online you have a great number of sites for SAT/ACT prep. Here are a few:

  • KhanAcademy: this is on the College Board website, the same company that makes the SAT test. It is an amazing site with 6 full-length practice tests, and​ thousands of SAT questions - totally FREE!

  • ACT offers $39 online prep classes. You can sign up/pay for the class when you register for the test. If you are on free/reduced lunch, the prep class is free. 

  • An SAT or ACT book can be a great way of prepping for the big tests (available to check out from your high school's Media Center, and for purchase at local bookstores and online). Practice tests with answer keys are a way to become very comfortable taking the test, and allow you to find your areas of weakness, work on them, and score your highest. They also have full-length tests!

Freshman Checklist

Class of 2021

Academic goals for the year:

  • Concentrate on core classes: Science, Math, Social Science, English, World Language.

  • Focus on your grades! Colleges look at rigor and grades from 9th-11th grade, rigor (and eventually grades) from your senior year.

  • Develop good study and time management skills.

 

Start building your college resume:

  • Find and join 2-3 clubs and stay with them throughout the four years. The goal is to have an impact on that club, take initiative, and obtain leadership experience.

  • Start volunteering and make sure to always get your volunteer forms filled out. If possible, volunteer with organizations related to your future field of study.

  • Keep a list of your activities, volunteering and employment. Start exploring and researching careers.

 

Start exploring colleges:

  • Take virtual tours of the great colleges Florida, and out-of-state universities have to offer. 

  • If you travel, try to take a tour of any college that might interest you that is in the area. 

Contact us for assistance with your college applications!!

Julia Morgan:(954) 651 3335
Lisa Solovay: (954) 661 2052
info@ascentcollegeadvising.com
South Florida