12th Grade

It’s go time! Get ready to apply!


  • Meet academic requirements for college by taking "a-g" classes. 
    Find out more about these requirements on our "a-g" academic requirements page. Take any summer school classes needed to maintain a C- or higher in "a-g" classes.
  • Explore Career Options
    Visit our Career Exploration page to start looking at optionsResearch and select the college and career pathways that align with your strengths and passions. Start to narrow your college list.
  • Volunteer, intern, and gain work experience this summer!
    Find opportunities that align with different career interests by visiting our Career Exploration page.
  • Prepare for and take college exams (SAT/ACT/CAASPP)
    Link your College Board SAT account with a Khan Academy account and use their free personalized tutoring for your Senior year SAT.
  • Fund your college dream
    Visit our Financial Aid resource page and start to compile a list of scholarships to apply for, when they are due, and what is required in the application. Ask your counselor, your colleges, and local religious and civic groups about scholarship opportunities. Never pay for scholarship information.
  • Wrap up your college search
    Spend time looking over college websites, and/or tour colleges anytime this year.

August and September

  • Talk to a school counselor
    Check with a school counselor to make sure you’re on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements.
    College application fee waivers are available through school counselors, ask your counselor if I qualify for a fee waiver.
  • Attend college prep events
    Attend the 11th grade workshops and chat with reps at the North Coast College and Career Expo on September 20, 2018 at Eureka High School.
    Go to college preparation events offered by your school.
  • Prepare for and take college exams (SAT/ACT/CAASPP)
    Register for a Senior SAT and/or ACT exam. (Be sure to register for an exam that is happening before college cut off dates).
    Spend time on test prep to help earn your highest score. Ask a counselor about fee waivers.
  • Wrap up your college search
    Take every opportunity to get to know colleges. Meet with college representatives who visit your school, attend local college fairs, and visit campuses.


Apply: college, financial aid, and scholarships
  • Apply for colleges prior to deadlines!
    CSU applications open October 1. Some colleges will have deadlines (rolling, priority, early decision, and early action) as early as this month.
  • Keep all your application information and materials in a file.
    It’s helpful to have any documents you may need on hand for college applications, like your ACT/SAT scores, and any personal and payment information. That way, you won’t have to worry about gathering materials each time you want to submit an application—everything will be in one place.
  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    Fill out the FAFSA on your own or through a school/local Financial Aid workshop as soon after Oct. 1 as possible. Check out the list of information you will need on hand to complete the application. In addition to determining eligibility for federal funds, many colleges and states use the form when distributing grants, so don’t delay. Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR)—it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed.
  • Submit scholarship applications
  • Apply for extra support
    Ask a school counselor about applying for support programs like TRIO Upward Bound or TRIO Talent Search.
    TRIO Upward Bound
    TRIO Talent Search
  • Tour & experience college campuses
    Check out Fall Preview and Open House Days. If your heart is set on a specific school, consider an early admissions option.
    CSU's Campus Preview Days

November and December


  • Meet academic requirements for college by taking "a-g" classes. 
    Find out more about these requirements on our "a-g" academic requirements page. Don’t slack in the classroom. The college you decide to attend will want to see your second semester transcript.
  • Talk to a school counselor
    Ask the counseling office to send first semester transcripts to schools where you applied. At the end of the school year, they will need to send final transcripts to the college I will attend.


  • Apply: college, financial aid, scholarships
    Community College applications open in March. Apply early!
  • Complete and turn in housing applications if you plan to live on campus.
  • Finish applying to scholarships.
  • Meet academic requirements for college by taking "a-g" classes. 
    Find out more about these requirements on our "a-g" academic requirements page. Remember, colleges can rescind your admissions offer if your grades drop too far. So keep those grades up.
  • Talk to a school counselor
    Request that your final transcript is sent to the college you will be attending.
  • Fund your college dream
    Call college financial aid advisors at the college you plan to attend if you have questions. Make decisions about student loans.
  • Tour & experience college campuses
    Check out Spring Previews—a great way to see the colleges on your “short list.”
    CSU's Campus Preview Days
  • Check your email & mail!
    Acceptance letters and financial aid offers will start to arrive. Review your acceptances, compare financial aid packages, and visit your final choices if possible.
  • Decide which college to attend!
    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. Ask how you can strengthen your application.
  • Commit to a college and make your deposit by May 1.
    When you’ve made your college decision, notify your school counselor and let other colleges know you won’t be attending. Send your deposit by the postmark date of May 1. If you’ve been offered financial aid, accept the offer and follow the instructions given.