Think College: Senior Year

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A Timeline for Your College Search

Fun is a big part of college life. Practice by participating in extracurricular activities. Involvement in clubs, groups, and activities outside of the classroom is a fun way to gain leadership skills. Quality experiences beat quantity, though, be sure to allow time for studying and hanging out with friends.


  • Contact the colleges on your list and request application information and early financial assistance forms.
  • Plan to visit any colleges you did not visit over the summer and re-visit your top choices. Visits play a big role in narrowing your list and helping you make your final college choice. You can learn about visiting Valpo online.


  • Apply to Valparaiso University and other colleges with early-decision or scholarship application deadlines. You can apply to Valpo online for free.
  • Take the ACT. Arrange for teacher/counselor recommendations.
  • Visit with college reps at college fairs and at your high school.


  • Send the last of your admission applications to the colleges on your list.
  • Take the SAT. Don’t forget to forward your scores to the colleges at the top of your list.


  • Contact the colleges on your list to find out if they have overnight visit programs. If so, spend the night on the campuses still on your list, and see if you can sit in on a class or two.
  • Obtain financial aid materials from colleges and your high school guidance office. March 1 is Indiana residents’ deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). No matter what state you live in, you must submit the FAFSA in order to be considered for financial aid. File online at


  • Complete the appropriate financial aid materials. Watch for deadlines; March 1 is a common deadline. Check Valpo financial aid deadlines online.
  • Decide on the one college to attend and submit your tuition deposit. Congratulations! You’ve completed a complicated and important responsibility.
  • Notify the colleges you did not select of your final decision.
  • Take any Advanced Placement exams.


  • You’ll receive information about summer orientation programs. Be sure to register for and attend these important events.
  • To be prepared for registration, carefully read registration material and the course catalog.
  • Send your final high school transcript to your university.
  • Congratulations! You’re now a college freshman.


  • Your college will send you information about housing, roommates, orientation, advising, insurance and health plans, meal plans, etc.
  • Contact your admission counselor with any remaining questions you may have. Call your new roommate to discuss who will bring the television, what costs you can share, and other details.


  • Pack your room and whatever items make you feel at home.
  • Have an awesome time at college. And if you chose Valparaiso University, we know you’ll enjoy our vibrant campus community, where opportunities are abundant inside and outside the classroom.

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