Senior Action Plan


September:

  • Read through this handbook; this handbook contains ALL the information you need to know to successfully apply to college
  • Fill out the “Student Profile” found at the back of this handbook and return to the College Guide in Room 206
  • Meet with the College Guide for Tolman High School in Room 206 to discuss your future plans
    • Request a copy of your Transcript from the Guidance Office prior to meeting if possible
  • If you plan to attend a 4-year college, meet with your Guidance Counselor to make sure that you have all the credits you need (these differ from Tolman’s graduation requirements):
    • 4 years of college preparatory English (not including English electives; you must take and pass English 12 in order to apply to a 4-year college or university)
    • 3-4 years of Math
    • 3-4 years of Laboratory Science
    • 3-4 years of Social Science
    • 2+ years of the same Foreign Language
  • Buy a folder that you will use for college information and application materials only, including this handbook; bring this with you whenever you meet with your Guidance Counselor or the College Guide
  • Make a CollegeBoard account on www.collegeboard.com; be sure to write down your username and password in the space provided in the “Important Usernames and Passwords” section of this handbook; if you made an account in the past, but do not remember your username and/or password, do not make a new account; call the CollegeBoard at 866.630.9305 to retrieve your original username and password; you must register for the SAT/SAT IIs on your original account
  • If you plan to take the ACT instead of or in addition to the SAT, make an account on www.act.org; be sure to write down your username and password in the space provided in the “Important Usernames and Passwords” section of this handbook
  • Make a Common Application account on www.commonapp.org; be sure to write down your username and password in the space provided in the “Important Usernames and Passwords” section of this handbook
  • Register for the October SAT/SAT IIs on www.collegeboard.com
    • If you receive Free or Reduced Lunch, you qualify for an SAT/SAT II fee waiver; visit Donna Rossi in the Guidance Office to receive one
    • Request that official test scores be sent to schools where you are applying; you can send official score reports to four schools for FREE when you register or within two weeks after taking the test, so be sure to list schools that you are likely to apply to within the timeframe allotted
    • Print out your Admission Ticket; you will need this on the day of the test
  • Register for the October ACT on www.act.org
    • If you receive Free or Reduced Lunch, you qualify for an ACT fee waiver; visit Donna Rossi in the Guidance Office to receive one
    • Print out your Admission Ticket; you will need this on the day of the test
  • Register for the TOEFL if English is your second language; visit www.toeflgoanywhere.org for more information
  • Attend any and all college fairs you have access to; talk to the representatives available to you and ask questions!
  • Go on college visits if possible; talk to the College Guide about how to plan an official visit, including a tour, information session, and possibly an interview
  • Prepare a draft of your college list (include Safety, Likely, and Reach schools)
    • Do the College MatchMaker search on www.collegeboard.com (click College Search > College MatchMaker/Start Here) and research schools that make sense for you
  • Request informational materials from the schools you are interested in; visit their websites and get on their mailing lists
  • Find out if the colleges you are applying to require SAT IIs and register for them if they do; you cannot take the SAT on the same day as an SAT II, but you can take multiple SAT IIs during a single testing day, so plan accordingly
    • If you receive Free or Reduced Lunch, you qualify for an SAT II fee waiver; visit Donna Rossi in the Guidance Office to receive one
    • Request that official test scores be sent to schools where you are applying; you can send official score reports to four schools for FREE when you register or within two weeks after taking the test, so be sure to list schools that you are likely to apply to
    • Print out your Admission Ticket; you will need this on the day of the test
  • Prepare for the SAT/SAT IIs; pick up a FREE SAT or SAT II practice booklet in the Guidance Office

October:

  • Take the October SAT/SAT IIs
    • Show up on time and well rested with your Admission Ticket, a photo ID, several No. 2 non-mechanical pencils, a scientific or graphing calculator, a CD player if you are taking a language SAT II, and a snack
  • Take the October ACT
    • Show up on time and well rested with your Admission Ticket, a photo ID, several No. 2 non-mechanical pencils, a scientific or graphing calculator, and a snack
  • If you didn’t take the October SAT/SAT IIs, register for the November SAT/SAT IIs on www.collegeboard.com
    • If you receive Free or Reduced Lunch, you qualify for an SAT/SAT II fee waiver; visit Donna Rossi in the Guidance Office to receive one
    • Request that official test scores be sent to schools where you are applying; you can send official score reports to four schools for FREE when you register or within two weeks after taking the test, so be sure to list schools that you are likely to apply to
    • Print out your Admission Ticket; you will need this on the day of the test
  • Prepare for the SAT/SAT IIs; pick up a FREE SAT or SAT II practice booklet in the Guidance Office
  • Finalize your college list and record the schools you are applying to in “The College List” section of this handbook
  • Login to www.commonapp.org and determine which of the schools you are applying to accept the Common Application and which do not
    • If you are applying to schools that do not accept the Common Application, be sure to research their specific application procedures
  • Make a list of all the schools you are applying to and their deadlines (Applications, Financial Aid, etc.) in the “Deadlines” section of this handbook; you can find these deadlines on your schools’ individual websites or on www.collegeboard.com
  • Fill out the Common Application and Supplements for each of the schools you are applying to; be sure to save whatever data you enter before moving on; do not submit your Common Application or Supplements to any school until you are sure your application is complete and correct
  • If you are interested in applying to the University of Rhode Island’s Talent Development (TD) program and/or Rhode Island College’s Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP), sign up to attend their information sessions in the Guidance Office; see the “Alternative Admissions Programs” section of this handbook for more information about these and similar programs
  • Fill out the “Request for Letter of Recommendation” form, also known as a “Brag Sheet,” found in the “Requests for Letters of Recommendation” section of this handbook; make copies for each of your recommenders and guidance counselor
  • Decide which teachers you would like to write letters of recommendation for you and ask them nicely well in advance of your deadlines; give them each a copy of your “Request for Letter of Recommendation” form and indicate that you will link them to your Common Application so that they can submit their letters electronically (you will need to know their full name, e-mail address, and subject in order to do so)
  • Link your guidance counselor to your Common Application as well (you will need to know their full name and e-mail address in order to do so); this will allow them to electronically submit your official transcript, Tolman’s school profile, and a letter of recommendation on your behalf to each of the schools you are applying to on the Common Application
  • If you are applying to any schools that do not participate in the Common Application, you will need to make sure your recommenders and guidance counselor send the necessary materials to those schools (recommendation letter, transcript, school profile); you may need to provide them with stamped and addressed envelopes for each of those schools that do not participate in the Common Application
  • Begin brainstorming your College Essay and compose a draft
  • Schedule and prepare for any on-campus or local alumni interviews you wish you have; answer the questions in the “College Interview Preparation” section of this handbook to practice

November:

  • Take the November SAT/SAT IIs
    • Show up on time and well rested with your Admission Ticket, a photo ID, several No. 2 non-mechanical pencils, a scientific or graphing calculator, a CD player if you are taking a language SAT II, and a snack
  • If you didn’t take the October or November SATs/SAT IIs, register for the December SAT/SAT IIs on www.collegeboard.com
    • If you receive Free or Reduced Lunch, you qualify for an SAT/SAT II fee waiver; visit Donna Rossi in the Guidance Office to receive one
    • Request that official test scores be sent to schools where you are applying; you can send official score reports to four schools for FREE when you register or within two weeks after taking the test, so be sure to list schools that you are likely to apply to
    • Print out your Admission Ticket; you will need this on the day of the test
  • Register for the December ACT on www.act.org
    • If you receive Free or Reduced Lunch, you qualify for an ACT fee waiver; visit Donna Rossi in the Guidance Office to receive one
    • Print out your Admission Ticket; you will need this on the day of the test
  • If you are applying for the University of Rhode Island’s Talent Development (TD) program and/or Rhode Island College’s Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP), you must request a TD application fee waiver code and/or PEP application fee waiver code from the Guidance Office to be entered into your Supplement for URI and/or RIC on the Common Application; this is what will identify you to the admissions officers that you are a TD and/or PEP candidate
  • Revise your College Essay; consult teachers, your guidance counselor, and/or the College Guide for help
  • Schedule and prepare for any on-campus or local alumni interviews you wish you have; answer the questions in the “College Interview Preparation” section of this handbook to practice

December:

  • Take the December SAT/SAT IIs
    • Show up on time and well rested with your Admission Ticket, a photo ID, several No. 2 non-mechanical pencils, a scientific or graphing calculator, a CD player if you are taking a language SAT II, and a snack
  • Take the December ACT
    • Show up on time and well rested with your Admission Ticket, a photo ID, several No. 2 non-mechanical pencils, a scientific or graphing calculator, and a snack
  • If you didn’t take the October, November, or December SATs/SAT IIs, register for the January SAT/SAT IIs on www.collegeboard.com; this will be your last opportunity to take the SAT/SAT IIs
    • If you receive Free or Reduced Lunch, you qualify for an SAT/SAT II fee waiver; visit Donna Rossi in the Guidance Office to receive one
    • Request that official test scores be sent to schools where you are applying; you can send official score reports to four schools for FREE when you register or within two weeks after taking the test, so be sure to list schools that you are likely to apply to
    • Print out your Admission Ticket; you will need this on the day of the test
  • If you are finished with the SAT and do not plan to take it again, submit your official SAT and SAT II score reports to the rest of the schools you are applying to other than the four you listed when you originally registered for the test (these were sent for free) through www.collegeboard.com
  • If you are finished with the ACT and do not plan to take it again, submit your official ACT score reports to all of the schools you are applying to through www.act.org
  • Finalize your College Essay early in the month
  • University of Rhode Island Talent Development (TD) program application due
  • Request NACAC or CollegeBoard Application Fee Waivers from the Guidance Office for each of the schools you are applying to; these will allow you to apply to all of your schools for FREE; once you and your guidance counselor have completed one fee waiver per school, you will need to mail them to the admissions office at each of the schools you are applying to; record the addresses of the admissions offices of each of the schools you are applying to in the “College Application Fee Waivers” section of this handbook
  • Follow up with your recommenders to see if they have any questions for you or if they are having any difficulty uploading their letters to the Common Application website at schoolforms.commonapp.org
  • Complete all college applications, including the Common Application and Supplements as well as applications for schools that do not participate in the Common Application; do not submit them until you review them carefully for completeness and correctness
  • Apply for a Federal Student Aid PIN for yourself and for your parent(s) at pin.ed.gov; you will need these when you file your FAFSA in January, so be sure to write them down in the space provided in the “Important Usernames and Passwords” section of this handbook
  • Schedule and prepare for any on-campus or local alumni interviews you wish you have; answer the questions in the “College Interview Preparation” section of this handbook to practice

January:

  • Take the January SAT/SAT IIs
    • Show up on time and well rested with your Admission Ticket, a photo ID, several No. 2 non-mechanical pencils, a scientific or graphing calculator, a CD player if you are taking a language SAT II, and a snack
  • If you took the January SAT/SAT IIs, be sure to submit your official SAT score reports to the rest of the schools you are applying to other than the four you listed when you originally registered for the test (these were sent for free) through www.collegeboard.com
  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov beginning January 1st; use the PIN numbers you applied for in December
  • Fill out any other financial aid forms the schools you are applying to require, including individual colleges’ financial aid applications, the CSS/Financial Aid Profile, which can be found at profileonline.collegeboard.com, and/or the Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC), which can be found at idoc.collegeboard.com
  • Research and apply for independent scholarships; see the Guidance Office or the College Guide for useful resources
  • If you are planning to enroll at the Community College of Rhode Island, see the College Guide for a copy of the CCRI Application for Enrollment
    • You will be required to register for and take the ACCUPLACER Writing, Reading, and Math placement tests before you can register for classes at CCRI; to schedule an appointment call 401.825.2301 (Warwick)/401.331.7159 (Lincoln)/401.455.6149 (Providence)/401.851.1631 (Newport)

February:

  • Rhode Island College Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP) application due
  • Call the Admissions Offices of the schools you applied to; confirm that your applications are all complete
  • Send “Thank You” cards to your recommenders and guidance counselor
  • If you are planning to enroll at the Community College of Rhode Island, see the College Guide for a copy of the CCRI Application for Enrollment
    • You will be required to register for and take the ACCUPLACER Writing, Reading, and Math placement tests before you can register for classes at CCRI; to schedule an appointment call 401.825.2301 (Warwick)/401.331.7159 (Lincoln)/401.455.6149 (Providence)/401.851.1631 (Newport)

March/April:

  • The deadline to submit FAFSA for many colleges and universities is March 1st; if you want to be considered for financial aid, make sure you complete and submit your application on time
  • Admissions and financial aid decisions arrive
    • Review college acceptance letters
    • Appeal admissions decisions if necessary
    • If possible, visit the colleges (again) that you are seriously considering
    • Review financial aid packages and make appeals if necessary
  • If you are planning to enroll at the Community College of Rhode Island, see the College Guide for a copy of the CCRI Application for Enrollment
    • You will be required to register for and take the ACCUPLACER Writing, Reading, and Math placement tests before you can register for classes at CCRI; to schedule an appointment call 401.825.2301 (Warwick)/401.331.7159 (Lincoln)/401.455.6149 (Providence)/401.851.1631 (Newport)

May/June:

  • Make your college decision by May 1st
  • Fill out any enrollment, housing, medical, and loan forms
  • Submit your deposit by the appropriate deadline if necessary
  • If you are planning to enroll at the Community College of Rhode Island, see the College Guide for a copy of the CCRI Application for Enrollment
    • You will be required to register for and take the ACCUPLACER Writing, Reading, and Math placement tests before you can register for classes at CCRI; to schedule an appointment call 401.825.2301 (Warwick)/401.331.7159 (Lincoln)/401.455.6149 (Providence)/401.851.1631 (Newport)

July:

  • Fall semester bills are issued
  • If you are planning to enroll at the Community College of Rhode Island, visit www.ccri.edu to fill out the online application
    • You will be required to register for and take the ACCUPLACER Writing, Reading, and Math placement tests before you can register for classes at CCRI; to schedule an appointment call 401.825.2301 (Warwick)/401.331.7159 (Lincoln)/401.455.6149 (Providence)/401.851.1631 (Newport)

August/September:                                                                                             

  • Begin college! Stay in touch with your College Guide!
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