Twelfth Grade

Fall To Dos:
  • Check Your CSS Email Daily - college admissions and financial aid offices will be communicating with you via email, and college counselors use email to provide vital information about the college process. Both students and parents should have a working CSS email account. Contact Parent Coordinator Isis Ramos for help.
  • Keep your grades up! All colleges will see your first semester grades in January, and many will ask to see your first and second marking period grades.
  • Attend Rep Visits at CSS, particularly for schools you are applying to. This is important for demonstrated interest.
  • MEET ALL DEADLINES SET BY THE COLLEGE OFFICE!
  • Show “Demonstrated Interest” by visiting campus, interviewing, and staying in contact with admissions representatives
  • Request CU or College Now transcripts and send to your counselor
  • Research scholarship deadlines for individual colleges (e.g. priority deadlines)
  • Decide if you are planning to apply Early Decision or Early Action (Nov 1 Deadlines)
  • Match Common App + Naviance, Waive FERPA
  • Fill out your Common Application
  • Update Your College List in Naviance
  • Request Letters of Recommendations on Naviance if needed
  • Update counselor and teacher letter of recommendation request forms
  • Update your resume
  • Complete Common App college essay/aka "personal statement"
  • Complete Supplemental Essays for individual colleges
  • Prepare Your Family’s Financial Information & Complete Fin Aid Forms
  • Register for a Fall ACT / SAT date (if necessary)
  • Schedule a one-on-one meeting with your college counselor
  • Complete CUNY Application
  • Submit Common Application to SUNY & Private Colleges
 
NOTE: Seniors will complete many of these tasks in their weekly "college readiness" course which will take place during the school days
 
Spring To Dos:
  • Check Your CSS Email Daily - college admissions and financial aid offices will be communicating with you via email, and college counselors use email to provide vital information about the college process. Both students and parents should have a working CSS email account. Contact Parent Coordinator Isis Ramos for help.
  • Keep your grades up! Even if you have been accepted to a college, they can rescind their offer if your grades drop. Strong grades are also important to have a chance to get off wait lists.
  • Check admissions and financial aid portals of all the schools you have applied to
  • Visit colleges you are accepted to for Open Houses & Accepted Student Days
  • Respond to any requests for more financial information, such as requests for verification
  • Attend Financial Aid Comparison Night in April
  • If applying to school in NY State, make sure TAP application is complete
  • Apply for institutional and outside scholarships
  • Demonstrate interest with any colleges you are waitlisted at
  • Update your admissions status on Naviance (accepted, waitlist, denied, etc.)
  • Make a final decision about where you want to attend, then submit enrollment deposit and necessary paperwork such as immunization records
  • Celebrate your decision by wearing your college gear on Decision Day, May 1