The college planning process can be time consuming, frustrating, and stressful. 同时, it can also be a fun and exciting process full of opportunities to explore and shared moments to treasure. To help students and parents through the college planning process, 请使用这个大学前日历和清单作为指导. 


  • 大一

    • 坚持不懈地发挥你的能力! 
    • 秋季参加PSAT 8/9考试. 
    • 参加阿奎那或社区的课外活动. 
    • Gifted student athletes should begin learning about NCAA core course requirements, gaining a heightened understanding of the importance of good grades.  
    • Start a file for report cards, awards, accomplishments, and activities.
  • 坚持不懈地发挥你的能力! 
  • 保持课外活动. 
  • Identify career exploration resources at Aquinas and in your community. 
  • Consult with a finance professional about strategies for funding college. 
  • Gifted student athletes should begin learning about NCAA core course requirements, gaining a heightened understanding of the importance of good grades. 
  • 以PSAT 10为例.


  • 坚持不懈地发挥你的能力! 今年是学术上非常重要的一年! 
  • Obtain a social security number, necessary for college and financial aid. 
  • Identify and explore the college planning resources at Aquinas and in the community. 
  • Begin narrowing down colleges that seem to be a good fit for you, and visit them. 在校期间参观校园是理想的选择. 好好利用你在校期间的假期. When you set up official campus visits you can often receive fee waived applications. Keep a journal of your trips, making notes of your impressions, pros and cons, people you meet, etc. Don’t forget to send thank you letters to the admission representatives who interview you or provide a tour. 
  • 秋季在阿奎那参加PSAT/NMSQT(练习SAT). 
  • Register for the SAT I (and possibly II’s) and ACT for the spring test administration dates. 与潜在的大学核实具体的考试要求. 注意注册截止日期! 
  • Talk with the college admission representatives from the various colleges that visit Aquinas during your lunch period throughout the year. 
  • Consult with a finance professional about strategies for funding college. 熟悉联邦和私人学生贷款. 
  • 开始寻找奖学金机会. 该网站 www.fastweb.com 是很好的资源. 
  • 当你选择大四的课程时,选择有挑战性的课程. College admission representatives take notice of this as an indicator of your motivation. 
  • Consider a summer job or internship that may be related to a potential career interest.
  • 完成阿奎那的高级简介, which is used by teachers and counselors when writing letters of recommendation.


  • 下定决心坚强地完成你的高中生活. Colleges request a midyear report to check on a student’s academic progress senior year. 
  • 注册下一次可用的SAT或ACT考试.  
  • Ask two or three teachers if they would be willing to write you a letter of recommendation. 一定要感谢他们. (Most applications automatically ask for counselor evaluations/recommendations.) 
  • Compile catalogs and admission information, including applications, for your top choices.
  • Review the unofficial copy of your transcript, which will be given to you by request. 让你的辅导员知道你可能有的任何问题. 
  • Counselors will meet with all students to review the college application process. 

  • 重考SAT和/或ACT. It is your responsibility to ensure that your standardized test scores are forwarded to colleges, 你让检测机构直接送过来. 不要做假设! Communication with your counselor is a vital component of a successful application process! 
  • 靠谱网赌信誉网址大全或重温顶级大学. 采访学生和教职员工. 
  • Work on college application essays and ask a parent or teacher to read your rough draft. 保存在USB上. 还记得, this is a unique opportunity to give the admissions representatives a glimpse of who you are! Make it meaningful and memorable for the reader by being creative and interesting. 
  • 安排一个与夫人的约会. Arieno in the Counseling Center to review completed application materials. 
  • You can start filing for the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 网上申请: www.fasfa.ed.政府
  • Check with the Counseling Center and your Naviance account for scholarship opportunities. 全年都要定期这样做. 

  • You have an additional opportunity to re-take the SAT and/or ACT. 
  • 继续提交大学申请. 注意大学的截止日期和阿奎那的截止日期! A good goal is to have your applications submitted by Thanksgiving. 越快越好!!! 

  • 父母: Save year-end payroll stubs in case they are needed for determining financial aid eligibility. 
  • 继续提交大学申请, 请记住,在这个过程中,它开始变得很晚. 优先考虑这一点! 
  • If you would like to have your college applications mailed before Christmas break, 请向咨询中心咨询申请截止日期. 

  • Submit your FASFA form if you have not done it already (keeping copies of all submitted forms). 
  • 父母: Consider preparing tax returns early in case they are needed for determining financial aid eligibility. 
  • 录取通知书可能会开始到达. 有些过程很快,有些则慢得多. 当你被录取时, be aware of deadlines to make a final decision on actually attending and submitting your deposit. 

  • 确保你已经和她沟通过了. Arieno in the Counseling Center, which colleges are asking for midyear reports and transcripts. These colleges typically have a midyear report form that you sign when you submit your application. 

  • Contact the college financial aid offices to ensure you have completed all the necessary paperwork. 
  • Your SAR (Student Aid Report) containing federal financial aid information should be arriving in the mail. If you haven’t received the SAR and it has been at least four weeks after you submitted your FAFSA, you can check on it by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (319) 337-5665. 

  • Compare financial aid award letters from the schools to which you have been accepted. 
  • Decide which college you want to attend and check with that college on the particulars of signing and returning the financial aid award letter. 一定要在最后期限前交押金. 
  • As a courtesy, let the other colleges know that you will not be attending. 
  • Become familiar with other important deadlines at your chosen college. 

5月/ 6月:
  • 集中精力学习. 不要让“毕业倦怠症”影响你的最终课程成绩! 
  • 向咨询中心报告你的奖学金情况. 
  • 毕业时,不仅要为自己是阿奎那的毕业生而自豪, but with the knowledge that you have made a thorough and educated decision regarding the continuation of your academic journey.
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