• AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
    • Review the accuracy of your transcript
    • Make sure you have taken all the required courses you need to graduate
    • Review your career plans and decide which type of school is right for you
    • Meet with your counselor to discuss and finalize your post high school plans. If you haven’t done this yet, come prepared with your list of colleges to apply to
    • Register for SAT, SAT SUBJECT TESTS or ACT if needed
    • Find out about and attend local college fairs. Get more information from different schools you think you might be interested, and talk to the admissions officers at the fair.
    • Sign up for and attend the college admission officer visits scheduled through the College & Career Center. Look for more information and listings on colleges that will be visiting MHS. You can view the list through your Naviance account or on the high school website under “Guidance” and in the fall newsletters.
    • Request catalogs and admissions information and applications
    • Start a calendar of important college dates and deadlines. 
    • If you need letters of recommendation from teachers or your counselor, ask for them now. Don’t put it off until the last minute. 
    • Request letters of recommendation (if needed) from your guidance counselor and teacher(s). Print out forms from your Naviance account under your Document Library
    • Complete your resume and give a copy to your guidance counselor AND Mrs. Rae in the guidance office.
    • Begin organizer for each college
    • Plan college visits and arrange for interviews (if needed)
    • If you don't remember your password to Naviance, see your guidance counselor to reset it.
     
    OCTOBER
    • Take the required standardized tests (SAT/SAT Subject Tests and ACT).  Remember you must take tests like the ACT and SAT at least six weeks before the deadline for scores to be submitted to colleges
    • Attend local college fairs
    • Complete your college essays. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK YOUR ESSAYS CAREFULLY. Read them aloud; be sure they make sense. 
    • If you are using the same essay for different schools, be sure it reflects the name of the school you are applying to. Every year college admissions officers talk about the wonderful essay they received but that mentioned the WRONG SCHOOL in it!
    • Meet with admissions representatives who are visiting MHS
    • Plan college visits and interviews. (Remember to send a thank you letter afterwards!)
    • If you have not already started them, begin filling out applications
    • If you apply Early Decision or Early Action, be aware of the deadlines
    • Don’t forget: you must request your transcript 10 school days in advance.
    • If you are considering playing Division I or II collegiate athletics, complete a NCAA application and send your SAT scores through your Collegeboard account
     
     
    NOVEMBER
    • If needed, sign up to take the SAT/SAT SUBJECT TESTS and ACT (with writing). Remember you must take tests like the ACT and SAT at least six weeks before the deadline for scores to be submitted to colleges
    • Send Early Decision or Early Action applications in time to meet your deadlines
    • Keep organized and up to date 
    • Finish all essays to selective colleges, and review them with your counselor, teacher or parents
    • Recheck all college application deadlines
    • Don’t forget: you must request your transcript 10 school days in advance.
     
     
    DECEMBER
    • Attend Financial Aid night in early December (December 8 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater)
    • Finalize your college applications.   If there are supplements to the application, make sure you have sent everything!
    • Don’t forget: you must request your transcript 10 school days in advance.
    • Don’t forget to include the application fee!
    • Keeping close track of DEADLINES for application
    • If needed, take your SAT/SAT SUBJECT TESTS or ACT
    • Gather financial records to be able to complete the FAFSA form.   
    • Continue to work hard in your courses. This semester is very important!
    • Talk with graduates who are home from college about their experiences
     
    JANUARY:
    • Complete on-line FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) as soon after January 1st as possible. Use estimates if tax return for the previous year is not complete. It is important to complete the FAFSA by the end of January to make the financial aid deadlines of the colleges you are applying to.
    • If you need more help filling out your financial aid paperwork, be sure to attend FAFSA Day in January. Marlborough High School will be hosting this on Thursday evening, January 27
    • Attend Alumni Day usually scheduled for the first ELB in January
    • Contact college financial aid offices to determine what is required to complete financial aid applications. Keep track of each school’s requirements and keep copies of what you’ve sent.
    • Investigate scholarships