• Research all colleges/careers of interest. Gather information about academics, campus life and financial aid opportunities. Use OverGrad or My Career Shines and other resources found in the College or Career Room.
  • Narrow your college list to fewer than eight. Only apply to schools you are willing and able to attend – your efforts should be focused on schools that are a good fit academically, financially, socially, and geographically. This is a suggested number; each student will have their own individual preferences.
  • Create a checklist for test scores, essays, recommendations, financial aid applications, and deadlines for each college to which you are applying.
  • Most applications open now. You should begin Early Action/Early Decision as well as all Florida public university applications (see below). Early Action/Early Decision sometimes makes it a little easier to gain access to a reach school, but remember, Early Decision is binding. If you have questions about this, please see your counselor or Post-Secondary Advisor.
  • If applying to Florida Public universities: Please note the FSU and UF (November 1st) early deadlines. These applications will open by mid-August). UF will be using the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success application exclusively. The Coalition essay topics have been released and can be found at
  • Order a transcript from the Guidance Office in August for you to complete the SAR component of the UF, FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC, and FSU application.
  • Many state university campuses use priority rolling admissions plans. For those schools, plan to complete your applications by November 1st, and to prep, test, and retest (ACT-SAT) when applicable.
  • If applying to private colleges and many out-of-state public universities, you will likely use the Common Application A few select colleges still use their own application.
  • The 2017-18 application cycle for the Common Application opens for submission on August 1st. You may begin completing the application now. The Common App essay prompts have remained the same for 2017-18. Begin developing and writing your essay NOW, and have them proofed by a teacher or someone in the College Room.
  • Think about the people you might ask to write letters of recommendation (two are usually required). Make initial requests in person upon return from summer break. When requesting a letter, provide them with a resume and Senior Survey (found in the College Room) at least two weeks prior to the date you need your recommendation.
  • Fifty-eight colleges plan to use the Coalition for Access application. Make sure you know if your colleges and universities is an exclusive user of the Coalition Application.
  • If you have not done so make an appointment with Post-Secondary Advisor, Mr. Andrews, to review your transcript, test scores, extracurricular activities and to discuss college questions and plans.


  • September 7th attend the BHS College & Career Expo and the Application Boot Camp September 28th
  • Complete your college essay(s). Spend time revising and developing a strong essay.
  • Register for fall SAT, SAT subject area and/or ACT if appropriate.
  • October 2nd Transcript Request Deadline for Early Action/Early Decision applicants
  • Teacher recommendations requests must also be made by the October 2nd EA/ED deadline. Provide advisors, counselors, and teacher(s) with the Recommendation List, Senior Survey, and resume they will need to write you a quality letter of recommendation
  • You are strongly encouraged to complete and submit all EA/ED applications well ahead of the November 1st deadlines.


  • October 1st – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens. File as early as possible.
  • October 2nd Transcript Request Deadline – Early Action/Early Decision applicants MUST submit a Transcript Request Form to guidance AND Recommendation List to recommenders.
  • October 6th attend the BHS College & Career Expo
  • Early Action/Early Decision applicants must complete and submit applications on time (most are 11/1).
  • Complete all other Florida “rolling admissions” applications as early as possible (note priority scholarship deadlines of each school)
  • Notify our post-secondary advisor of any college admissions decisions
  • File the CSS Financial Aid Profile if required by your college(s).
  • Research and complete scholarships with fall deadlines. Consider applying to a local community college to receive a provisional acceptance. This will allow you to have the proof of admissions some scholarships with early fall deadlines require such as: The Elks MVP scholarship, the ARTS Scholarship, the Coca-Cola Scholarship, and the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship


  • November 1st – UF Deadline. The UF single deadline. Complete and submit your Application. The Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR) must be completed by 12/1).
  • November 23rd – Transcript Request Deadline for Regular Decision applications (Final application list must be received for ALL colleges). Requests after this date must be discussed with guidance and will NOT receive priority or preferential support.
  • November 23rd – Teacher Recommendation List due to each recommender. Include ALL schools to which you are applying.
  • Work on remaining Regular Decision college applications, essay(s), and required supplements. Complete and submit January 1st Regular Decision applications early and in all cases by Winter Break.
  • Request SAT/ACT send your Official Score Reports to the schools to your colleges.


  • January 1st Deadline for most Regular Decision applications.
  • Complete and document community service hours and meet other Bright Futures requirements
  • Complete and submit Mid-Year Report forms to Guidance for transmittal to colleges.
  • Continue exploring scholarship databases. Many local, community and private scholarships open at this time.
  • Continue to update our post-secondary advisor of any college admissions decisions, and of any scholarship awards you have received


  • Decision letters begin to arrive. Most Regular Decision notification dates occur in late March, early April. Review and compare offers.
  • Avoid “senioritis” and maintain grades and attendance. College offers can be rescinded.
  • Deadline to notify colleges and send all deposits for tuition and housing is MAY 1ST.
  • Make certain you have received the FAFSA acknowledgment and Student Aid Report.
  • Notify all other colleges to which you were accepted that you will not be attending.


  • May 1st – National College Decision Day! Deadline to select the College you will attend and pay deposit.
  • May 15th – Completed Community Service forms must be turned into Mr. Andrews.
  • Fill out senior College Acceptance survey card and return to Mr. Andrews.
  • Give Ms. Etienne, Guidance Secretary, your Final Report Forms and requests for final transcript and final Brag Board update.
  • Write thank you notes.