12th Grade

Grade 12 Information



  • Ask teachers for letters of recommendations (at least 2) 

  • Finalize your list of schools and visit any colleges you missed during the summer if possible 

  • Start the Common Application if you haven’t done so 

  • Register for the October SAT if necessary 

  • Attend area college fairs at CCM, William Paterson, and Fairleigh Dickinson University (if necessary) 

  • Complete Blanket Transcript Form

October - November

  • Prepare information you need for college applications (essay, activity resume, brag sheets, etc) 

  • Continue to complete your applications (online and/or Common App) for the colleges you are applying to 

  • Register for November or December SAT (if necessary) 

  • Make an appointment with your counselor for a recommendation letter if required by any of your colleges 

  • Attend Financial Aid Night at PHS 

  • File the FAFSA online starting October 1st 

  • Request transcripts for each school at least 2 weeks before each deadline 

  • Send in Early Decision(ED) and Early Action(EA) applications – typically due Nov. 1 or Nov. 15th

  • Request MP 1 grades be sent to EA/ED schools if required by the colleges


  • Finish submitting all applications –seriously

  • Begin checking Naviance for scholarships

  • Last chance to take the SAT


  • Continue applying for scholarships

February - March

  • Send Mid-year grades to colleges – Google Form request (emailed in January)

  • March 1st is the final deadline for rolling admission schools 

  • Review your financial aid packages and contact financial aid office with any questions 

  • Continue applying for scholarships, watch those deadlines carefully! 

  • Keep your grades up!

April - May

  • Visit schools where you were accepted – Attend Accepted Student Days 

  • Make final decision on where to attend and submit your deposit by May 1st 

  • Update college decisions on Naviance 

  • Inform other colleges that you plan to enroll elsewhere 

  • Take AP exams if applicable


  • Request final transcript to be sent to your attending school 

  • Graduate!! Congratulations!

Keep your grades up throughout Senior Year!! This is not the end  – it’s just the beginning!

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