Here are some things to consider for Senior year:
Update your list of activities or resume.
Consider reducing your list of colleges to around 5 or 10.
Discuss with your counselor your school's process of applying and requesting official transcripts.
See if your school hosts an evening to explain the process.
Seek help with writing prompts from your English teacher and school counselor.
Start your applications by September, check deadline dates closely.
Talk to your teachers, school counselor, and any others about letters of recommendation.
Visit with college representatives when/if they visit your school.
Consider attending college fairs to gather more information.
Consider retaking standardized tests if higher score is needed for admission or scholarship purposes.
Have another family college discussion day to talk about expectations and finances.
Search out scholarships, both from universities and colleges, online, and local sources.
Carefully watch your deadlines for admission, scholarships, and housing.
Keep your academic effort up.
As soon after October 1st as possible, complete the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA.
Watch out for scams. Check out Studentaid.gov/scams
Verify with financial aid offices at the schools that you are applying to if there are any other forms that are required to be completed.
See if the schools that you are applying to require your mid year (7th semester) transcript. If so, request your high school to send it.
If you are wait-listed, continue to pursue other applications.
Be sure to let the school know that you intend to enroll, and pay the appropriate down payment by May 1st.
As a courtesy, also notify the schools that you are not attending as well.
Submit a request to your registrar or guidance office for your final transcript to be sent to the school that you will be attending.