For Seniors

This is the time you've been waiting for. College admissions are right around the corner. This is the year to celebrate your accomplishments however you need to continue to work hard for your future.


Senior Year Planning Calendar


August - September

  • Counselor will visit classrooms and discuss college process.
  • Complete Common Application draft.
  • Register with Parchment Transcript Service (see side panel).
  • Students should develop a plan and set goals to achieve a successful school year.
  • Students should consider taking the SAT, if they are considering select out of state schools.
  • Students should begin working on college applications and essays.
  • Students should begin finalizing college list. Narrow list to 5 - 8.
  • Students should start a checklist of all applications requirements, deadlines, fees, etc.
  • Students should set up campus visits and interviews, attend college open houses.
  • ACT Test ( Seniors should have at least two ACT scores by January)
  • Students should meet with college admission representatives who will be visiting Bethlehem. They usually set up in the cafeteria during lunch and homeroom.
  • Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School, Dental School, Dental Tech (UofL) applications open. 
  • Students should inform the counselor of any admission decisions, continue to discuss choices and options.
  • Counselor will visit homerooms to discuss and pass out materials concerning the ASVAB test.
  • Counselor and administrative staff will interview each senior individually.
  • Students thinking about an ROTC scholarship should begin the application.

October - November

  • Students should begin applying under an Early Decision or Early Action plan. Some colleges have October deadlines.
  • Students should narrow college list to 5 - 8.
  • Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application.
  • Students should request letters of recommendations from the counselor, teachers, coaches, or employers.
  • ASVAB Test 
  • Students should write a first draft of their college essay and ask teachers and parents to review them.
  • Students should finish application essays.
  • Students should begin applying to colleges with rolling admission (first-come, first-served) as early as possible.
  • Students should stay on top of scholarship deadlines!
  • Counselor will visit Senior Religion classes to discuss and help interpret ASVAB results.


  • Many college/university scholarships have a December 1st deadline. 
  • Students should wrap up college applications before winter break.
  • Students should receive an answer concerning Early Decision by Dec. 15. If denied or deferred, student should submit applications to other colleges now.
  • Deadline for Guaranteed Entrance programs (UofL) Dec. 15.
  • Students should be applying for scholarships.
  • Receive decision letters.
  • Notify and thank teachers who wrote letters for you.
  • Students should contact the financial aid office at the colleges on their list to inquire about additional financial aid forms needed.

January - February

  • Students should contact colleges to confirm that all application materials have been received.
  • Students should register for AP exams.

March - April

  • Admissions decisions start arriving. Admission decisions are normally made by April 15. Be sure to read everything carefully and respond promptly.
  • Students should revisit colleges where they have been accepted if it's hard to make a choice
  • Stay on track... colleges want to see strong second-half grades.
  • Students should compare financial aid award packages.
  • Students should make a final decision and accept the best aid package.
  • Students should notify the other colleges they won't be attending so another student can have the spot.
  • If a decision has been made about attending a specific college, students should begin applying for "housing".
  • Attend Open Houses for Admitted Students.


  • May 1, National College Decision Day 
  • Fill out final college forms and return them to the counseling office.
  • Students enrolled in an Advanced Placement course should verify all the course requirements.
  • AP exams will be administered to those students in AP classes.
  • Students should work to finish the year strong and make the 4th quarter their best quarter.
  • Students should be preparing for semester exams.
  • Students enrolled in an Advanced Placement course should verify all the course requirements.
  • Students should thank everyone who wrote recommendations or helped with the college process.
  • Students should request a final transcript be sent to the college of their choice through Parchment.