Counseling/CCC: College Checklist

checkmarkSenior Year Checklist magnifying glassCollege Counseling Guidebook Sec. 1:
Senior Year Checklist


checkboxMeet with your Counselor to review your final College list.

checkboxchecklistReview your final College list with your family. Make sure you are all on the same page, having discussed everything involved with attendance.

checkboxAttend your senior conference and check your transcript for accuracy.

checkboxNaviance logoCheck NAVIANCE for the schedule of admission representatives visiting PVHS and sign up for Colleges of interest. If you cannot attend a specific visit, fill out an interest card in the College & Career Center for the College representative.

checkboxPlan to attend Senior Parent Night. Check CCC Calendar for date.

checkboxACTSATRe-take the SAT and/or ACT.

checkboxStay organized and track your deadlines!

checkboxAsk your teachers and counselors for letters of recommendations (Guidebook Sec. 10). Note both the teacher and counselor deadlines as well as the College deadlines.


checkboxContinue attending College representative visits in the College & Career

checkbox pencilWork on your College applications, personal statement and essays (Guidebook Sec 9). IF YOU ARE APPLYING EARLY: EA or ED, FINALIZE your application(s) and essays!

checkbox California State Universities application filing period open October 1 with a deadline of November 30.

checkbox Meet with your counselor for your letter of recommendation interview (if needed)


checkboxcalendarKnow your Early Admission deadlines! Early Decision and Early Action deadlines are typically November 1st or 15th. Don't miss your deadlines.

checkboxUniversity of California (UC) application filing period is from November 1-30. Don't wait until the last minute to file!


checkboxFinalize any College applications with a January deadline.

checkboxdollar signPrepare your application for Financial Aid by applying for your FAFSA Personal ID Number (PIN). Follow the link to the official FAFSA PIN request.

checkboxKnow if any College you are applying requires the CSS profile for financial aid. Follow the link to the CSS Profile.

checkboxTalk to former PVHS students attending College on one of the Alumni Day events held in December and January. Check CCC Calendar for date.


checkboxBegin to fill out and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Attend FAFSA Night sponsored by the CCC if you need assistance filling out the form.

checkboxdollar signStart or continue your search for scholarships. Check the scholarship list on NAVIANCE for community scholarships weekly as it changes with new additions. Stop in the CCC for questions and access to Scholarship books.

checkboxTalk to your counselor or the CCC about qualifications and applications for a Cal Grant (financial aid).

checkboxSend in your mid-year reports including your seventh semester transcript, if needed.

checkboxcheckmarkCheck to make sure all applications were received (email receipts) and don't panic!

February - March

checkboxDecisions (rolling admission offers) begin to arrive!

checkboxreport cardKeep up your grades! You will need to submit your final grades to the College of your choice. Colleges can rescind your admission if you do not maintain your grade point average.

checkboxIf there are changes in your academic courses or extra curricular program since your initial application, you must notify your Colleges.

checkboxStay on top of financial aid deadlines. FAFSA is due in March.

checkboxcomputerCheck your email for communications from Colleges, especially those regarding incomplete applications or missing information. Respond quickly to any requests.


checkboxmailboxApril 1 acceptances arrive! Analyze your acceptances and financial aid packages carefully to determine what is the best match for you.

checkboxDecisions and deposits are due by May 1 to the College of your choice. Follow the instructions on your acceptance letter. Note any special procedures for housing.

checkboxNotify Colleges you are turning down of your decision.


checkboxletterDon't be late.
May 1st is the deadline to notify the College of your choice.

checkboxOrder your final high school transcript to be sent to the College of your choice. Read procedures for ordering your transcript.


checkboxgraduation capGraduation! Congratulations and Good Luck!