Senior year is an exciting but often overwhelming time in any student's life. Questions about your future and decisions that must be made can weigh heavier than a twelfth-grade course load. Below are frequently asked questions (FAQs) and links to websites that can answer those questions, listed in chronological order of when those tasks should be completed. As always, if you have any questions, please call the school office for more information.
FIRST QUARTER OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR
FAQ: When should I take the SAT or ACT?
You should apply to take the SAT or ACT early in your senior year of high school. You may take the test as many times as you would like. We recommend taking your test near the end of the first semester so that you have a few months to review and refresh. To apply, please visit:
FAQ: Which test, the SAT or ACT, should I take? How do I know which test my preferred colleges require?
You should contact any colleges that you are interested in to find out which test they prefer. Many colleges will accept either test scores, granted you score high enough.
FAQ: How do I find scholarships? And how do I apply?
Scholarships are awarded for any number of qualifications; some require an essay submission while others are given for scholastic achievement, athletic success, or personal behavior. We recommend using the US Department of Labor's scholarship search and Scholarships.com.
Other places to look for scholarships are businesses or organizations that you, your parents, or your family works for. Have your parents contact the Human Resources department of their employer and ask about available scholarships.
FAQ: How do I apply for federal financial aid?
To apply for federal financial aid, you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is an online, free application that finds federal grants, loans, and work-studies based on you and your family's economic status.
Again, the FAFSA is a free application; be very careful not to fall victim to scams or pay-for-help websites. Below is the link to the FAFSA application:
FAQ: I am interested in participating in college athletics someday; how do I get started?
By the beginning of your senior year, you must be registered with the NCAA Clearing House or NAIA Clearing House to be eligible for college athletics. First, you need to decide at which level of college sports you would like to (and be able to) play. There are ten (10) divisions of college athletics:
NCAA Division 1, 2, & 3
NAIA Division 1 & 2
NCCAA Division 1 & 2
NJCAA Division 1, 2, & 3
Once the level of athletics is decided, you should contact the appropriate clearing house. Below are the links for both NCAA and NAIA Clearing Houses:
As far as school, work hard. You must have a 2.5 GPA coming out of high school to be Division 1 eligible and 2.0 for all lower levels. Your high school transcript will be the first thing your future coach will ask for.
As far as colleges, make a highlight video of your most recent game films and put it on YouTube; email it to the school’s coaches you are realistically interested in with a “brief” physical, academic, and personal description of yourself. Also, fill out athletic questionnaires. On most college athletic websites, there is a ‘”Recruitment” tab somewhere on the page. Find this on the school pages that you are interested in playing for, fill out their athletic questionnaire, and you should hear back from the coach soon.
As far as you are concerned, take care of your body. Live in the weight room, eat healthy food (no junk), run and sprint every day, and stay in season shape all year round. Don’t take summer and off-seasons off: Summer is the most important time for athletes. Join an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) or travel team, because this is where you will get the most exposure from college coaches. You want them to be at your high school games? Play in summer exposure tournaments and AAU tournaments. Work on your game outside of just normal practice and work hard the whole time. The three major difference from high school and college are size, speed, and effort. Every college player was the best player at their high school, so you have to be better than them if you want to play.
Also, join recruiting websites. We recommend BeRecruited.com, Rivals.com, and Scouts.com.
Last but not least, be respectful of your coaches and teachers; when a coach is interested in you, those are the people who they ask about your character. Keep God first! This is most important! Take all of the other steps but put it in His hands and work as hard as you can. The rest will take care of itself.
SECOND SEMESTER OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR
FAQ: When should I apply for college?
You can apply for college any time during your senior year. Most colleges have an online application, so visit their website. The application may require a nominal fee but not always.
Also, plan a visit to the college(s) of choice. Many colleges and universities have a prospective-student team that will set up a time for you to visit , meet with faculty, and answer any questions you may have.
The key to applying to college is communication. Contact the colleges or universities you are interested in and create a rapport with the admissions office. They will be better able to lead and guide you through that particular institution's admission process.
THIRD SEMESTER OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR
FAQ: I have taken my SAT or ACT, applied to college, and applied for scholarships;
Traditionally, the third quarter of a student's senior year proves to be difficult. Activities (homecoming, tournaments, etc.) take up a lot of time, there are few holidays from school, and the end is near; DO NOT take a vacation from studying and working hard during these winter months.
Keep up with your homework. Study. Work harder now and it will pay off in the next few months.
FOURTH SEMESTER OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR
By now in your senior year, you should be receiving information regarding your SAT or ACT scores, any scholarships that you have been awarded, and any colleges that you have been accepted to. This is a great time for you and hopefully, because of proper planning, things are falling into place.
If not, don't worry. Communication is key to staying on top of your future decisions. Talk to your parents, teachers, college advisers, and (most importantly) the Lord. "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will." -Proverbs 21:1
We look forward to hearing about your future success wherever God may lead you.