Quick "October" Monthly Checklist

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Use this checklist to review those tasks that should be completed by the start of October:

  • Any idea that you want to do after high school? You need to start quickly to meet fall deadlines. Review our late-starter file to get started:
    see late starter file
  • Finalize your list of colleges and review it with your HS counselor:
    use our college search directory to find your school
  • Register for your college admission exams:
    SAT Exam
    ACT College Exam
  • October is the Month for College Fairs and HS Visits by Schools. Check with your guidance office for schedules and interviews. Narrow your college selection into a grouping for college application submission
  • Decide if you are doing early admission. If yes, most colleges require your completed application by November (Nov 01 for most college - check your college for early submission deadlines).
  • Continue working on your college admission application. Items required:
    1. College entrance exams:
      take these exams as soon as possible and arrange to have your scores sent to your college of choice
    2. College admission application:
      for early submission, you need to have your application ready to submit before the November 01 deadline for many schools. For regular submission, you still have time. But get your application in early. It will put you in a better "decisioning" position when you evaluate your options in the Spring.
    3. Essays:
      most college applications require 2-3 written essays. These essays are reviewed by the admissions committee. And in many cases, the essay can become the deciding factor on gaining admittance. So make sure your essays are creative and grammatically correct.
    4. High School Transcripts:
      arrange with your high school to forward required transcripts to select colleges. Note that everyone in your school will be making the same request So act early!
    5. Letters of recommendation:
      determine who can write your recommendations. Act now! In your school there are other students who may ask the same person to write their recommendation. So getting your request in early might give you better remarks.
    6. Home Schooled:
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    7. Other:
      check with your college admission's office regarding college admission requirements.
  • You should consider taking Advanced Placement Exams or the CLEP tests to test out of some college courses.

    About advanced placement program:
    the collegeboard administers the AP exams. This site has all the information you need including test programs and dates:
    collegeboard.com

Get Application Ready for Submission

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Get your college entrance applications ready for submission. The earlier, the better. Don't delay. Deadlines are approaching fast.

  • Early Admission:
    deadlines are in early November
  • Regular Admission:
    deadlines are in January-February.

Be prepared to submit applications to these types of schools:

  1. 2-3 schools that you could definitely get in
  2. 4-5 schools that you could probably get in
  3. 7-8 schools that you would like to get in

You should budget on how much you can afford for application submission. If the application submission costs for 16 or more schools is too much. Narrow your search to 3-3-3.

What' Needed for the Application

College Application:

Request an application form from each of your colleges. You can find it online or request it from the school.

The package will include the application form, submission requirements (essays, transcripts and other) and self-addressed envelopes for the letters of recommendations.

Many schools use the COMMON application form for application submission. Using the COMMON application form saves you time from completing multiple application forms:
see form at commonapp.org

You can save the COMMON application form online until you are ready to submit it electronically to participating schools

Or get the application from your school — link to your college to submit your application form online or to request a application packet:
use our college search directory for your school's web site

Early Decision Note:
you need to decide if you are going to do early admission.

If so, you will need to have your application completed and ready to submit between October and November of your senior year.

  • The advantage of early decision is that you will know whether you have been accepted by early January.
  • The disadvantage of early decision is that you may be legally bound to attend that school if you are accepted.

So decide on early decisions for schools that are your first choice.

 

College Essays:

Your college admissions application will most likely require 1- 2 essays. Use the weekends to write and edit your essays.

Note that the essay is an important decisional parameter for college admission. So take this seriously.

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College Recommendations:

Most college admissions require 1-2 recommendations from teachers and/or community leaders.

Select who should write your recommendation. Give the person plenty of time (about 3-4 weeks prior to your deadline).

Also provide them a short autobiography, a list of your outside activities, school transcript and a self-addressed envelope as instructed by your college.

Please note that the teacher works with hundreds of students. So give them plenty of time.

 

School Transcripts:

Double check your transcripts when you start your senior year. You will need to forward these transcripts to colleges for admission review.

Make sure you have the following:

  • all grades are posted correctly
  • all required courses for graduation are listed
  • all required courses for college admittance are listed

It is important that these transcripts are correct and up-to-date. If not, meet with school administration to repair any errors.

 

Extracurriculars:

Make sure to list school extracurricular and outside activities. Think of everything that you participated in such as sports, drama, band, 4-H, community outreach, etc. The more relevant items you list, the better.

You want to show well-roundness in your application. Just the right amount of studies (with good grades) and outside activities.

Don't think that a lot of extracurricular activities are a must. You just need to show a balance.

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Write and Edit Your Essays

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You need to finalize your college essays.

Remember that the essay is an important part of the application review. A good essay can become the decision factor that gets you accepted. So do a great job.

The college admission also requires 1-2 recommendations from teachers and/or community leaders. Give the person writing your recommendation plenty of time (about 3-4 weeks prior to your deadline).

Also provide them a short autobiography, a list of your outside activities, school transcript and a self-addressed envelope as instructed by your college.

Please note that the teacher works with hundreds of students. So give them plenty of lead time.

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Submit College Application

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Many schools use the COMMON application form for application submission. The COMMON app saves you time from completing multiple application forms:

  • see form at commonapp.org

    You can save the COMMON application form online until you are ready to submit it electronically to participating schools

Or get the application from your school — link to your college to submit your application form online or to request a application packet:
use our college search directory for your school's web site

Early Decision Note:
you need to decide if you are going to do early admission.

If so, you will need to have your application completed and ready to submit between October and November of your senior year

(November 01 due date for many colleges).

  • The advantage of early decision is that you will know whether you have been accepted by early January.
  • The disadvantage of early decision is that you may be legally bound to attend that school if you are accepted.

So decide on early decisions for schools that are your first choice.

What will be required upon submission

  1. College Application Form
  2. College Essays
  3. College Exams
  4. High School Transcripts: arrange with your high school on forwarding required transcripts to your selected colleges
  5. Letters of recommendation: determine who can write your recommendations. Act now!
  6. Other: check with your college admission's office

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