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college countdown: your college success starts here


Senior Year

Senior: Summer

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Should have done by now

 teen-students outside

  • Arrange to send your college your final transcript.
  • File any housing or additional paperwork.
  • Buy the things you will need for college.
  • Attend summer orientation.
  • Register for freshman classes.


Helpful, But Not Required
  • Contact your roommate to get acquainted.
  • Buy some of the books that are required for your freshman classes.
  • Learn how to do laundry if you haven't already.
  • Make a budget to follow during college.
  • Learn about the pros and cons of credit cards.




For you to do
  • Talk with your child about how his or her college education will be paid for.
  • Research loan options.
For you to help your student
  • Help your child purchase the things he or she will need for college.
  • Help make travel arrangements to get your child to college in the fall and home for breaks.
  • Help your child file any required paperwork.
  • Help your child figure out a budget for college.
  • Help your child understand the pros and cons of credit cards.
  • Make sure your child knows how to do laundry before he or she goes to college.

Ongoing Tasks
- Review and update your academic plan; take challenging courses.
- Work hard to get good grades.
- Keep an updated resume.
- Stay involved in extracurricular activities.
- Explore potential career options: talk to people, check the Internet, job shadow, etc.
- Prepare for standardized tests.
- Search for scholarships.
- Visit colleges of interest.
- Continue to evaluate and collect information about colleges to which you apply.
- Maintain relationships with your teachers and counselor.
- Talk with college students about their experiences.