College and Career Resources



Freshman Year

  • Get involved! Begin to develop a list “brag sheet” that keeps track of all awards/honors you receive, sports, activities, clubs, programs, or community service you participate in. (add to this list all four years)
  • Know the difference between graduation requirements and A-G requirements. Are you on the right track?
  • What’s your 5-year plan? Have a general idea of whether you plan to attend a 4-year university, community college, or a trade/vocational school.
  • Know yourself- your likes and dislikes. What kinds of career options interest you? 
  • Get organized, practice good study habits, and focus on your grades! This year’s grades determine next years’ classes…Every year counts!
  • Begin working on community service hours. Do not procrastinate. 40 hours are due in the middle of your senior year. 10 per year is a great idea to stay on track.
  • Apply for CSF (California Scholarship Federation) if you are eligible.
  • Create your account with and explore for information about careers and college plans.

Sophomore Year

  • Attend Tulare County College night in September. Representatives from over 90 colleges are in attendance to give you information regarding their schools and programs. Get your questions answered from admission counselors. 
  • Start a college folder to keep all of your information organized. (testing, college, scholarship, research information, etc.)
  • Stay involved! Colleges are looking for “well rounded” students who can balance academics and involvement and involvement in extracurricular activities.
  • If you are interested in playing sports at the college level, it is recommended that you register with the NCAA (https://web3.ncaa.orgbefore the end of your sophomore year.
  • Create a list of colleges that you’re interested in. If a personal visit to the campus is not possible,  is a wonderful resources for virtual tours online. College websites also are very informative!
  • Ask questions! There is a lot of information to know, make sure you are asking!
  • Apply for CSF (California Scholarship Federation) if you are eligible.
  • Explore for information about careers and college plans.

Junior Year

  • Attend Tulare County college night in September. Representatives from over 90 colleges are in attendance to give you information regarding their schools and programs. Get your questions answered from admission counselors. 
  • If going straight to a four-year university is an option, sign up to take the PSAT exam in October. Taking it as a junior qualifies you for the national merit scholarship program and puts you in a data base to receive free college information and scholarship opportunities.
  • Sign up to attend the Junior college trip. Second semester we visit university campuses, listen for details and sign up times in the bulletin.
  • Make sure you are in contact with your counselor regularly! Ask questions! There are a lot of dates and deadlines to know during this time. Staying informed is important!
  • Take the SAT/ACT for the first time in the spring/summer. You will receive a testing schedule at registration when you sign up for classes. EUHS offers the June SAT exam on campus! Sign up online at or ACT at
  • Make sure you are in contact with any colleges you may be interested in applying to. If possible, make visits in the spring and summer before applying senior year.
  • AP exams are in the spring. Listen for sign up times beginning second semester.
  • If possible, volunteer or get a summer job in the field you are interested in for experience.
  • Be sure you are adding to the “brag sheet” you created Freshman year. You will need this information as you start build your resume for scholarships, college applications, and jobs.
  • Apply for CSF (California Scholarship Federation) if you are eligible.
  • Explore for information about careers and college plans.

Senior Year


August/ September

  • Sign up for SENIORS REMIND (Text to: 81010  Message: @atolmontes OR mtozparkin) all important info, dates, deadlines, and reminders throughout the year will be given!
  • Double check you’re A-G requirements if you are planning to apply to 4 –Year universities. Make sure you’re not missing anything.
  • Make sure you are continuing to take challenging courses this year, do not “slack off” or develop “senioritis”. Colleges do want to see a strong finish in high school.
  • Visit colleges as much as you possibly can. It is important to give yourself a wide variety of exposure when selecting where you apply.
  • Take SAT/ACT exams to improve your scores. Most 4 year universities accept scores through December. It is ok to apply and later send in scores from a November or December exam.
  • Attend Tulare County College Night again! This year you will have a more narrowed down focus and can ask very specific questions to the colleges you are considering.
  • Make sure you know the application deadlines for the schools to which you are applying! At EUHS, attend senior meetings, read the monthly college newsletters, see your counselor for specific questions regarding the application process.
  • Contact private and out of state colleges directly for their deadlines. They often follow various timelines and may have different requirements.
  • Begin to gather financial records in preparation for completing the FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid)
  • Keep all college information organized! (suggested binder-one go to place for everything college)
  • Apply for CSF (California Scholarship Federation) if you are eligible. (See pg.20 of college handbook for details)



  • The CSU application can be submitted between October 1 and November 30th.
  • The UC application can be submitted between November 1 and November 30th.
  • If applying to private or out of state universities be sure to know the dates and deadlines for applications and other requirements. They can be very different from the CSU and UC systems. Use the “Common App” to apply.
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be submitted beginning October 1st. The deadline to submit and be considered for Cal grant aid is March 2nd.
  • Take the necessary college entrance exams for 4-year university applications.
  • Jostens ordering begins. (Cap/gowns, grad announcements, senior apparel)
  • Listen to the bulletin for local scholarships announcements.
  • Request any needed letters of recommendation using the “recommendation information sheet” (located in the counseling office or on the website) Give the recommender at least 2 weeks to complete the letter.
  • Make all attempts to visit the colleges you are applying to. If possible make appointments for tours with your family, financial aid and admission counselors.
  • Attend college fairs, financial aid workshops, college application workshops, and any informational meetings you can.



  • Take SAT/ACT a final time in December if you still want to improve your scores. Colleges will still accept December test scores after applications are submitted.
  • Continue to apply and watch for local/county scholarships listed on the website under SCHOLARSHIPS.
  • Submit official test scores to colleges through College board.
  • Most community colleges begin to accept applications during this time. Check websites for dates and deadlines to your specific campuses.
  • Notify the colleges of any changes that may affect admission after you have applied.
  • Fight “senioritis” 4 year colleges want to see a rigorous second term.
  • Apply for CSF (California Scholarship Federation) if you are eligible. (See pg.20 of handbook for details)
  • Keep copies and receipts of everything you submit to schools.



  • Apply for EXETER scholarships! (you will receive all information and instructions the first week in February)
  • Deadline for FAFSA is March 2nd to be considered for a CAL Grant.
  • If you are planning to attend COS in the fall, attend the COS counselor appointment meeting in February
  • Register to take AP exams if enrolled in an AP class. Dates will be announced in the bulletin.
  • Many college acceptances are received this month.
  • Make sure you have applied to community colleges by the end of March.
  • All EXETER scholarship applications will be due in March.



  • Community service hours are due APRIL 1st! This is a graduation requirement!
  • You most likely hear from colleges whether or not you are accepted by April 15.
  • Compare your acceptance letters and financial aid offers. Consider scholarships, grants and other aid that doesn’t not have to be paid back. Your SAR (Student Aid Report) should be sent to you.
  • You should decide by May 1st which college you will attend.
  • Sign your colleges financial aid award letters.
  • Housing expenses will be determined during these months and deposits will be due.
  • If possible, arrange a meeting with an admissions counselor and financial aid at your chosen college. It is very important to have all your questions answered during this process so that nothing gets overlooked.
  • Make sure you are staying on top of deadlines! Monitor your emails closely!
  • Make sure you sign up with Mrs. Gagnon to have your final transcripts sent to your college.
  • Best wishes on achieving your goals and don’t forget you are …FOREVER A MONARCH!