Mapping Your Future: September tasks for high school seniors


September tasks for high school seniors

By Beth Ziehmer

August 31, 2023

Preparing for college can be both exciting and stressful at the same time.

For many students, senior year is a time to dream of the future and think about all the possibilities their life could hold. But college preparation also means paying attention to details, completing paperwork, and keeping track of deadlines.

Therefore, it is very important that you stay organized and involve your parents with this process.

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice. This year is filled with admission applications, scholarship essays, financial aid information, and the need to meet deadlines. Throughout your senior year, continue to build your resume by achieving academic success, as well as participating in extracurricular activities. Colleges are interested in well-rounded students.

Below are the tasks you should complete during the month of September:

  • Mark your calendar with registration, admissions, and financial aid deadlines and fees.
  • Create separate folders for each of the schools that interest you and keep the materials organized.
  • Begin writing drafts of your college essays.
  • Start completing early admission college applications.
  • Meet with school representatives who visit your high school.
  • Look at virtual tours of college campuses online.
  • If you haven't already taken the SAT and/or ACT, register for the test(s).
  • Attend college planning and/or financial aid information nights and college fairs.
  • Ask employers, teachers, and guidance counselors for letters of recommendation to accompany your admissions applications.
  • Set up your FSA ID (and your parent will need one, too) by creating an account on so you can complete the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as it is available in December 2023.