• Junior/Senior To Do List



    Watch this video 5 Important Aspects of a College Application

    These resources are intended for anyone interested in attending a 4-year college or university.

    1. Take the ACT or SAT.

    Learn about the contents and requirements of the ACT and SAT and find free online practice tests that will help you prepare and get tips on how to do your best.

    2. Look for colleges that would be a good fit for you, both academically and socially.

    Find the college that is right for you! Explore colleges based on surveys of their majors and programs, academics, quality of life, extra curriculars, demographics and politics and more...

    3. Start looking for private scholarships

    Scholarships are a form of financial aid that doesn't have to be paid back, and it can be a big help when paying for college. Find out where you can look for scholarships and how you can apply.



    4.  Visit college campuses and meet with college representative.


    Start visiting college campuses during spring break of your junior year to get a feel for the school.  Attend college fairs and meet with the representative that visit Bella Vista. 

    20 Questions to ask college representatives.



    5.  Start asking for letters of recommendations.


    Think carefully about who you want as recommenders.  Select people who know you well and represent various aspects of your life - a teacher, a coach, an employer, clergy, a scout leader, a volunteer coordinator, etc....


    6. Apply for colleges, including writing essays.

    Learn how to apply to college, including tips on writing a college application essays and general information on college admissions.  Watch out for those deadlines!  Typically, CSUs and UCs are the end of November.  Privates and out of state deadlines are all over the place.  Check with each school's website for deadlines to submit applications.

    7. Apply for financial aid.

    Learn how you can request financial aid from the government and from your school.

    8. Compare financial aid packages and make a decision.

    Learn more about what's in your financial aid package and find out how to compare different financial aid packages from two or more schools.

    9. Fill out that application and enroll!

    Figure out what you'll need to enroll at the college of your choice.




Last Modified on January 21, 2020