12th Grade

It’s go time! Get ready to apply!


  • Meet academic requirements for college by taking A-G classes. Take any summer school classes needed to maintain a C- or higher in these classes.
  • Consider registering for Senior SAT and/or ACT exam. Prepare for and take college exams (SAT/ACT/CAASPP). Remember the SAT and ACT is no longer required for admissions into the CSUs. 
  • Colleges can rescind your admissions offer if your grades drop too far. So keep those grades up.

Financial Plans

  • Start to compile a list of scholarships to apply for, when they are due, and what is required in the application. Remember: Never pay for scholarship information.
  • Make decisions about student loans—and don’t forget to check submission deadlines.
  • Fill out the FAFSA.

College Prep

  • Research and select the college and career pathways that align with your strengths and passions. 
  • Take every opportunity to get to know colleges. Meet with college reps who visit your school, attend college fairs, review college websites, and visit campuses.
  • Decide which colleges to apply for! If you’re wait-listed by a college you really want to attend, visit, call, or write the admission office to make your interest clear.

Connecting & Support Resources

  • Volunteer, intern, and gain work experience this summer. Find opportunities that align with different career interests.
  • Ask a school counselor about applying for support programs like TRIO Upward Bound or TRIO Talent Search.

Applications, Transcripts, & Acceptance

  • Review your acceptances, compare financial aid packages, and visit your final choices if possible.
  • Ask the counseling office to send first semester transcripts to schools where you applied and to send your final transcript to the college you will be going to.
  • Complete and turn in housing applications if you plan to live on campus.
  • Submit your application for financial aid and scholarships.
  • Community College applications open in March. Apply early!
  • Commit to a college and make your deposit by the posted deadline. Notify your school counselor and let other colleges know you won’t be attending.