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Countdown to College for High School Seniors


September       Attend college fairs. This is a great way to make initial contact with your admissions counselor!

Contact admissions offices to schedule your personal college visits. You can request:

-A campus tour
-One-on-one meeting with your admissions counselor
-Sit in on a class
-Enjoy a meal in the cafeteria or an on-campus restaurant
-Meet a professor or faculty member
-Speak with a coach
-Talk with current students about their experiences

September       Check admission deadlines at the colleges you are considering. St. Thomas operates on a rolling admissions basis meaning that we review applications and get back to students right away. Some schools have early action or early decision programs.
September       Keep studying!  Colleges will look at your senior schedule and grades when you apply.
September       Have you taken the ACT or SAT?  If not, register to take the ACT and/or SAT this fall.
October       Fall Tommie Days happens in mid-October. Check out campus and attend an activities fair with academic departments and student organizations available to answer all your questions.
October       Meet with admissions counselors when they visit your high school.

Send your ACT and/or SAT test scores to the schools you are considering. 

The University of St. Thomas’ code number for the ACT is 2102 and the SAT code is 6110.

October       Ask for letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches and employers.
October       Complete your college admission essay for each application you plan to submit.  Have your English teacher read over your essay and give input. Consider submitting one of your best writing samples to schools that (like St. Thomas) will accept a writing sample in place of an essay.
October       While there is no deadline to apply for admission to UST, we are on rolling admission which means that we review applications and admit students until our class is full.
October       Submit college applications! St. Thomas’ online application can be found here.
November       Continue visiting colleges. Don’t forget to eat lunch on campus!
November       Make a personal calendar of all the deadlines you need to remember.  When are applications due?  When should you apply for certain scholarships?  Don’t miss those deadlines!
November       Research scholarships. Utilize the resources available from your local library, websites like Fastweb, your high school guidance office, parents’ work, your employer and church.
November       Get some great scholarship information from our Financial Aid website.
December       Apply for outside funding or scholarships (you’ll be busy writing essays!)
December       Respond immediately to any requests for additional information from colleges to which you’ve applied.
January       Go online (parents and students) to the PIN website to secure your U.S. Department of Education PIN (Personal Identification Numbers) which you will use as your electronic signature when you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  
January       Collect family tax information and file your taxes as soon as possible.  Each school has its own priority deadline for financial aid (St. Thomas’ is April 1).  Be sure to file your FAFSA by this date.
January       After January 1, or as soon as you file your federal taxes, you should file your FAFSA electronically.  You can obtain a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) toll free at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).  Be sure to indicate all the schools you would like to receive your information.  The FAFSA school code for St. Thomas is 002345.
January       Be wary of websites or services that charge a fee for financial aid.  Filing the FAFSA is free.
February       Keep in contact with your admissions counselor.  This person is available to help you through the college admission process and knows about all the deadlines, forms and important events.
February       If you are taking Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, register to take the tests to receive college credit.
February       Ask schools about confirming and housing deposits.  St. Thomas requires a $200 deposit to reserve a space in the class and a $200 deposit to reserve a space in a residence hall.  Housing assignments are based on the date we receive your housing deposit.  These deposits are refundable, if requested in writing by May 1.
March       Revisit the colleges you are considering.  If you haven’t done so already, consider an overnight visit and check out all the options for living on campus.
March       Respond immediately when a college’s financial aid office requests information.
April       It’s time to make a decision! May 1 is the deadline for many colleges. Make sure you have submitted your deposits to the school of your choice.
April       Notify the schools you will not be attending.
May       Enjoy your final weeks of high school!