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Stay ahead and get organized using our suggested timelines for junior and senior year.

  • Encourage your student to take AP courses.
Junior Year
  • Finish identifying schools of interest.
  • Begin applying to colleges. UB’s application opens in August.
  • Make sure your student submits all application components by the stated deadlines. Tip: Create an email address just for the college admissions process. This will keep everything organized and in one account that you and your student can share. 
  • Remind your student to give recommendation letter writers ample notice.
  • File the FAFSA.
Senior Year
FALL
  • Discuss career and major options with your student.
  • If your student is unsure of what to study, encourage them to take a personality or career assessment.
Junior Year
  • Help your student stay organized by keeping copies of everything.
  • Apply for as many scholarships as possible.
  • Remind your student to keep their grades up.
Senior Year
WINTER
  • Plan your finances now, together.
  • Investigate financial aid options, loans, grants and scholarships.
  • Participate in virtual college fairs.
Junior Year
  • Check your email and the mailbox for college decision letters, which can begin arriving mid-winter.
  • Review all financial aid award letters. Call financial aid offices if you have questions.
  • Send your student’s tuition and/or housing deposits by May 1.
  • Celebrate!
Senior Year
SPRING
  • Start exploring ways to connect with colleges.
  • Encourage your student to find a job, internship and explore extracurricular experiences in the real world.
Junior Year
  • Be sure your student has submitted a final high school transcript.
  • Prepare for orientation.
  • Get ready to send your student on the next step of their journey!
Senior Year
SUMMER