12th Grade College Planning

The fall of your Senior year is the time to finalize your college list and prepare your applications. This is the time to work closely with your college counselor on making your application list appropriate for you and your goals. The more information you share with your counselor, the more help your counselor can give you in this process. We are here to help!

The following is a college admissions calendar for the senior year. Read it carefully so that you are informed about what to do and what is available to you as you go through the application process.


  • Schedule a meeting with the college counselor. Your parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend this meeting. Come prepared with a list of colleges you have researched and are seriously considering for application. Your counselor will go over this list with you and add other colleges if needed. Come with questions you have about scholarships, financial aid, standardized testing, etc.
  • Make arrangements to visit the colleges. Arrange for an interview with the admission office if it is required or recommended.
  • Confirm that you are registered for standardized testing for the fall if you plan to do any more testing. You may confirm or register at SAT or ACT.
  • Continue or begin working on your college essays. Many senior English classes assign college essay projects. See the college counselor if you need help with ideas.
  • Consider taking the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT again, especially if you are applying under an Early Decision or Early Action plan.
  • Concentrate on doing well in your classes. First-semester senior year grades are important to colleges.
  • Prepare applications for your colleges. An ideal list includes four to eight colleges: one to two each of a reach, target, and safety school(s).
  • Be aware of scholarship deadlines, some deadlines are in November and December. See the counselor if you have scholarship questions that have not been addressed.
  • Continue to attend meetings with college admission representatives visiting LMP.


  • Continue to research financial aid options. We recommend you look at the financial aid forms even if you think you will not qualify for financial aid. You will be sure to miss out on financial aid if you do not apply. The FAFSA and in some cases the CSS Profile would need to be completed for need-based scholarships.
  • If you are admitted to a college under the Early Decision program, you must withdraw all your other applications by writing to the colleges. You are honor bound to do this. Your college could rescind its offer of admission if you do not withdraw your applications to other schools.
  • Keep your grades up! Don't let senioritis take over. If you have been admitted to a college by this time, remember that your admission is conditional on your first and second-semester senior grades being at or above the level at which they stood when you were admitted.
  • Enjoy having a break from school!
  • After completing all your college applications, this is the time to relax and wait for the college's admission decisions.
  • Focus on doing well this semester. Don't let senioritis take over! The colleges' acceptances are conditional upon the successful completion of your senior year at the level at which you were performing when you applied. Colleges require that we send a midyear transcript and a final transcript at the end of the school year, so don't be tempted to let up on your efforts in school.
  • The College Counseling Office will send an updated transcript with first-semester senior grades to every college to which you have applied.
  • Sign up for Florida Bright Futures’ Scholarship – even if you know you are going to school out of state.


  • Many of you will receive college decisions letters. Remember to bring copies of all decision letters to the College Counseling Office.
  • Notify the college counselor if a college requests additional information in order to make a decision (e.g., updated grades, honors, etc.).
  • Keep senioritis at bay. Stay focused on doing well in school!
  • If you've been deferred by an early decision or an early action school, talk to your counselor about sending an update letter in early February.
  • College decisions will continue to arrive, and you should begin deciding which college you would like to attend from those to which you are admitted. The college counselors are glad to discuss this with you!
  • Bring a copy of your decision letter (no matter the outcome) to the College Counseling Office for our records.
  • Colleges will offer visitation programs for admitted seniors.
  • By April 20, you should have a decision from each of your colleges.
  • Bring a copy of your decision letter (no matter the outcome) to the College Counseling Office for our records.
  • Carefully choose your college based on all the information you have gathered through this process. Consult your college counselor if you need help with this important decision.
  • Submit the required deposit to the school you plan to attend. The deposit will secure your place at the school of your choice.  Please only submit to one school. May 1st is the deadline.
  • Decline any other offers of admission in writing so that colleges may admit other qualified candidates.
  • Take Advanced Placement tests. You will receive your scores in mid-July. Make sure you submit all AP scores to the school you plan to attend in the fall.
  • Time to graduate!
  • Congratulations on your graduation! Best wishes!


  • The College Counseling Office will send your final transcript to the college you are attending.
  • Email your college counselor with your initial impressions of your new school. We will share this information with students who are interested in your college or university. We would love to hear from you!

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