Senior Timeline



  • Create a list of colleges you are interested in.

  • Request letters of recommendation for scholarships, college apps, etc.

  • Visit prospective colleges if possible

  • Register for retakes of the SAT or the ACT

  • Begin filling out college applications before the deadlines arrive (usually by the end of October)

  • Start working on your college application essay

  • Use the FAFSA4Caster at to find out more about what you can expect for a financial aid package

-October- Michigan College Month!

  • Apply to colleges

  • Request your transcripts sent to colleges via Parchment

  • Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid)

  • Apply for scholarships with early deadlines

  • Attend College Night at Cadillac High School- Time/Date October 13th from 6-7:30 at Cadillac High’s Auxillary gym

  • Attend Financial Aid Work Night in October at PRHS. October 26th 6-8 PM.

Late Fall/Early Winter

-November & December

  • Keep your grades up!  Colleges will get your final transcript!

  • Continue to apply for scholarships


-January & February

  • Schedule your college interviews (if necessary) to finish up the admission process

  • Continue to apply for scholarships

  • Order your cap and gown for graduation


March, April, & May


  • Once you receive responses from your colleges, make your final decision

  • Notify any schools you won't be attending

  • Verify your financial aid before you make any college budget decisions

  • Senior Exams.  These still count!

  • Schedule, plan, and Invite people to your open house if you are having one.  Make sure adults get a personalized invitation if you want to improve the likelihood they will attend.

  • Attend Senior Awards Ceremony (date yet to be determined).  Dress up!

  • Pay your housing deposit to secure your place (if staying on campus)

  • Attend commencement practice

  • Attend Commencement on Sunday, May 21st at 2 p.m.


-June, July, August

    • Request your final transcripts for your school of choice when they become available in early June.  Those who request transcripts through Parchment after June 30th will be charged a fee.

    • Attend your college’s summer orientation

    • Begin preparing for your college coursework (read up on the subjects)

*Thanks to Warren Cousino High School whose timeline page we used as a template for this page.