Senior Timeline



  • Create a list of colleges you are interested in.
  • Request letters of recommendation for scholarships, college apps, etc.
  • Visit prospective colleges if possible
  • Register for retakes of the SAT or the ACT
  • Begin filling out college applications before the deadlines arrive (usually by the end of October)
  • Start working on your college application essay
  • Use the FAFSA4Caster at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to find out more about what you can expect for a financial aid package

October- Michigan College Month!

  • Apply to colleges
  • Request your transcripts sent to colleges via Parchment
  • Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid)
  • Apply for scholarships with early deadlines
  • Attend College Night at Cadillac High School- Date TBA
  • Attend Financial Aid Work Night in October at PRHS. Date TBA

Late Fall/Early Winter
November & December

  • Keep your grades up! Colleges will get your final transcript!
  • Continue to apply for scholarships


January & February

  • Schedule your college interviews (if necessary) to finish up the admission process
  • Continue to apply for scholarships
  • Order your cap and gown for graduation


March, April, & May

  • Once you receive responses from your colleges, make your final decision
  • Notify any schools you won’t be attending
  • Verify your financial aid before you make any college budget decisions
  • Senior Exams. These still count!
  • Schedule, plan, and Invite people to your open house if you are having one. Make sure adults get a personalized invitation if you want to improve the likelihood they will attend.
  • Attend Senior Awards Ceremony (date yet to be determined). Dress up!
  • Pay your housing deposit to secure your place (if staying on campus)
  • Attend commencement practice
  • Attend Commencement 


June, July, August

  • Request your final transcripts for your school of choice when they become available in early June.
  • Those who request transcripts through Parchment after June 30th will be charged a fee.
  • Attend your college’s summer orientation
  • Begin preparing for your college coursework (read up on the subjects)

*Thanks to Warren Cousino High School whose timeline page we used as a template for this page.