Senior Year

Senior Year Timeline


AUGUST/SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER:
  • College Applications: Getting Started
    • Make an appointment with your college advisor to talk about college during the summer.
    • Finalize your College List.
    • Decide which application to the college you want to use, if more than one type is allowed:
      • 1) Common Application
      • 2) Coalition App
      • 3) the college's own application.
        Colleges offering more than one option do NOT give preference to one option over another. Create your account, recording usernames and passwords accurately.
  • Recommendations:
    • Find out if the college requires teacher recommendations. It is usually found on the college's admission page. If it does NOT, then do not request one from a teacher.
    • If a college in your list requires a teacher recommendation (or more), secure teachers to write on your behalf. Email them using Naviance's invitation. Then, follow up with a personal visit and give them your completed Teacher Rec form.
  • Transcripts:
    • Transcripts will be submitted electronically through Naviance, unless a college does not participate. In that event, transcripts will be mailed from our registrar's office. All Louisiana schools are able to retrieve transcripts from the online state system after receiving students' applications.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships:
    • Research available scholarships in Naviance, on the LCP website link Scholarship Searches, and online doing general searches.
    • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed as soon after October 1 as possible. The FAFSA is also the TOPS application, but also the form for determining any federal grant money you might be eligible to receive as well as apply for loans. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
    • The CSS Profile might be required from colleges in the student’s list for help in determining financial need. Click here to see the list of participating schools as well as how to register and complete the form.
  • Review essay prompts (when possible and if applicable), read them carefully, and decide which one to choose.
  • College Information
    • College Visits - Check the school calendar for potential visit opportunities (Fall break, faculty in-service, various holidays, etc.) If you visit on a school day, the Office of Admission at the college(s) you visit will issue you a form, or excuse, verifying your visit. Bring that form to Loyola’s main office to receive your admit form. Two visit days are allowed, but depending on certain factors, more might be permitted.
    • Visiting a college is the only way to find out your impressions of a college and it is the best way to get a feeling for the school. The more colleges you visit, the more general knowledge you will have about college and the more specific knowledge you will gain about what you like and do not like.
    • College representatives' visits to Loyola are posted in Naviance as well as on the school's main online calendar.
  • Standardized Testing
    • The Counseling Department recommends that you plan your testing schedule carefully
    • Most colleges accept the SAT or ACT (with writing) and many may recommend (or require) 2 or 3 SAT subject tests (different subject of your choice).
    • Register for SAT and/or ACT tests.
    • Take SAT/ACT.
    • (More specific information about test dates may be found in the standardized testing section of this website)

FALL/WINTER:
  • Make sure all test scores have been sent to all colleges and that your applications and supporting documents are complete.
  • If required, call admissions office to arrange an interview.
END OF YEAR ‘TO DO' LIST
  • Read all acceptances and the conditions of acceptance carefully.
  • Read especially carefully the financial aid offer from each college; compare grants, loans, etc. from each college.
  • Have all information in hand before making any decisions.
  • Watch the mail/email for registration and orientation information.
  • Write thank you notes for any scholarships received, even the ones you do not accept.
  • May 1 is the National Candidate Reply date. Inform the college of your choice of your decision, but also inform those you decline (especially if they offered scholarships) of your decision and respectfully decline their scholarship offer.
  • Complete 'Graduation Survey" on Naviance
  • If during the summer after graduation you change your mind about your college choice, it is imperative that you inform the Loyola registrar.