Senior Timeline

DHS Senior Time Line 2018-2019

Overview

  • Take challenging courses and continue to work toward your goals. It is not unheard of for colleges to revoke acceptance based on senior year academic performance. If you have been accepted to a college or university your acceptance may be conditionally based on your senior year class schedule. You need to maintain good grades and complete a full class schedule.
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  • Attend your senior meeting with your school counselor! Double-check you have the credits and courses you need to graduate on time. Make decisions about college, military, apprenticeships, etc. and begin the process of application. If you miss your meeting, reschedule.
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  • Apply for financial aid. All students, regardless of financial need, should complete the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can now be completed as early as October 1st of the current school year. Contact the Financial Aid Office of the school you plan to attend, or your school counselor with questions.
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  • Apply to a University of Wisconsin school. Each campus sets its own priority dates and deadline. Generally, priority deadlines are set for the middle of November. You can use the uwhelp.wisconsin.edu website as a reference and to access the University of Wisconsin Online Application form. Regardless of what school you are applying to, CHECK CAREFULLY! Do you have all the necessary forms? Are you sure of the application deadlines? Are you required to write an essay? Obtain application forms. Observe deadlines. Submit transcript and test scores. Need help? Contact your school counselor.
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  • Request your transcripts be sent to the school(s) which you have applied. Students at Dodgeland High School use Parchment Exchange to order official transcript and have them sent to colleges and universities. Be sure to send a final transcript, at the end of senior year, if required to do so. If you have questions about sending transcripts, ask your school counselor.
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  • Begin a scholarship search. Check the scholarship information on the Web site of the school you plan to attend, check your Dodgeland student email regularly for scholarships received by the school counseling office, and utilize free internet scholarship search tools such as FastWeb.com and scholarships.com Dollars for Scholars and the Dodgeland Local Scholarship Program applications will become available in March - April of the current school year.
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  • Make final decisions. If you are not planning on attending college or technical school, what steps do you need to take to reach your goals? Have you inquired about apprenticeship programs or military options?
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  • If you are not going to college, trade or technical school, you are not starting an apprenticeship program, and you are not enlisting in the military, what will you do?
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  • If you are going to college, and have received an acceptance letter, confirm your decision with the school. Be sure to decline any other offers you receive.


College Timeline for High School Seniors


September-October

  • Start sending in college applications. If applying to a UW school, use apply.wisconsin.edu to complete and submit applications. Technical college bound students may complete an application at wi.techcolleges.org Be sure to determine priority dates.
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  • Request letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors and others who can assist in your application process. Plan ahead and request letters of recommendation at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Use the Online Letter of Recommendation Request Form.
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  • Attend the Wisconsin Education Fair(WEF) at UW-Oshkosh on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 from 9:00am – 11:00am. WEF's are FREE events held regionally throughout Wisconsin in the Fall of each year. Students can meet with approximately 100 professional admission representatives from all over the region, learn about requirements, academic programs, financial aid, scholarships, housing, and more. A tour of the UW-Oshkosh Campus will also take place. A bus will be leaving from Dodgeland High School at approximately 8:00am. There is no cost to attend. Permission slips will be distributed in advisory.

  • Plan to visit as many of your "top choice" colleges as possible. Make appointments for interviews and campus tours. If possible, visit on weekdays and ask for permission to sit in on a few classes. For a list of UW System preview days and campus tours, click here. For Moraine Park Technical College, click here.

  • Begin a scholarship search. Check the scholarship information on the Web site of the school you plan to attend, check your Dodgeland student email regularly for scholarships received by the school counseling office, and utilize free internet scholarship search tools such as FastWeb.com and Scholarships.com. Dollars for Scholars and the Dodgeland Local Scholarship Program applications will become available in March - April of the current school year.

  • Apply for financial aid. All students, regardless of financial need, should complete the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can now be completed as early as October 1st of the current school year. Contact the Financial Aid Office of the school you plan to attend, or your school counselor, with questions.
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  2. Attend a College Goal Wisconsin event to receive assistance with the completion of financial aid forms. College Goal Wisconsin workshops assists high school seniors, parents, and adults returning to college with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). College Goal Wisconsin will take place in early November and late January at locations across the state. Click here for a list of locations, dates and times.
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  2. Retake the ACT if you want to improve your score. ACT and SAT registration materials and information is available from your counselor. Students receiving free or reduced lunch should see their school counselor for a fee waiver. http://www.act.org/

  • Use the career and college resources at Dodgeland High School. Use your student account on the Career Cruising Web site. Dodgeland students and their parents can use Career Cruising at any time to research specific colleges, technical schools, careers, and majors of study. Career Crusing may also provide information on apprenticeship opportunities and employers in specific career fields. Students will receive account information in Advisory. If you have general questions about Career Crusing contact your school counselor. The Web address is https://careercruising.com
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  • Meet with college representatives who visit Dodgeland High School. Listen for announcements, monitor your student email and sign-up in the school counseling office.


November

  • Attend the Dodgeland High School Financial Aid Information Night (date and time currently being scheduled). A college financial Aid advisor will present and answer questions. Whether attending a 4 year, 2 year or technical college, all students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If you have specific questions, or are seeking additional information, this event is for you.  
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  • Plan to submit all college applications before Thanksgiving. DOUBLECHECK deadlines in case applications are due sooner. Use the UWHelp Web site to determine priority dates and to apply online at http://apply.wisconsin.eduTechnical college bound students may complete an application at wi.techcolleges.org Be sure to determine priority dates.

  • Students who sent in applications earlier in the fall may begin receiving acceptance letters. Apply for financial aid. All students, regardless of financial need, should complete the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can now be completed as early as October 1st of the current school year. Contact the Financial Aid Office of the school you plan to attend, or your school counselor, with questions.



December 

  • Consider taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery(ASVAB). The ASVAB is the most widely used "career interest" tool in the world. The ASVAB provides valuable information on vocational aptitudes and career interest for undecided students. It is also the assessment used to determine your eligibility for specific military occupations. You can take the ASVAB and have your results interpreted without releasing them to recruiters. The ASVAB will be offered at Dodgeland High School on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Sign-up with your school counselor or in the school counseling office. The ASVAB is free and available to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
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  • Continue your scholarship search. Check the scholarship information on the Web site of the school you plan to attend, check your Dodgeland student email regularly for scholarships received by the school counseling office, and utilize free internet scholarship search tools such as FastWeb.comand Scholarships.com. Dollars for Scholars and the Dodgeland Local Scholarship Program applications will become available in March - April of the current school year.

 

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If your college requests a first semester transcript, students at Dodgeland High School must use
Parchment Exchange to order official transcripts and have them sent to colleges and universities.

  • Ideally, by this time, you should have received your college acceptance or rejection letters. Notify your school counselor on the action taken on your application.
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  • Return housing contracts immediately. Student housing fills quickly and is limited at some schools (e.g. UW-Milwaukee). Timely completion and return of housing contracts is important!
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  • Compare financial aid packages that you were offered from the various colleges where you were accepted. Look at your costs, estimated contributions and how much money you have been offered in grants, loans and scholarships. Remember, grants and scholarships do not have to be paid back, as long as you remain eligible. Each loan has different terms.

  1. Watch for announcements regarding the Dodgeland Local Scholarship Program and the Dodgeland Dollars for Scholars program. Expect these applications to become available in March or early April.  
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  • Let your school counselor know which college you will be attending and if you received any scholarships.
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  • If you are in advanced placement classes, prepare for the AP exam associated with the course. All students at Dodgeland High School, participating in an AP course, will take the associated AP exam at no cost.
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  • Continue to make plans for what you will do after high school. Take a summer break? Work full-time? Visit family/travel? Volunteer?

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