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Things To Do During Your Senior Year In High School

Admissions Calendar

August

  • If you’re just starting your college search, do a quick review of the junior year timeline to check what should have been done last year.
  • Review your college plans with your parents and narrow your choices down. Request applications and any additional information you need from these schools to compare and contrast their pros and cons.  The more you know about the school, the better!
  • You can start your research by exploring HPU's webpage at http://experience.hpu.edu/. If you would like a deeper look at our HPU campuses, go to www.hpu.edu/virtual-tour.
  • If you still need to take your ACT or SAT (we accept both), check the testing site:
    ACT: Go to www.actstudent.org
    SAT: Go to www.collegeboard.com

September

  • HPU Admissions Counselors will be traveling to different high schools and college fairs around the country to share more about Hawaii Pacific University. Check out the Meet Your Admissions Counselor webpage to see if a HPU representative will be visiting your area. 
  • See if any of the schools or scholarships that you are applying for requires letters of recommendation. If you have not already asked your counselors or teachers to write you a letter of recommendation, now is the time. Waiting to ask later might result in a rush job and a poorly written letter.
  • If you still need to take your ACT or SAT (we accept both), check the testing site:
    ACT: Go to www.actstudent.org
    SAT: Go to www.collegeboard.com
     

October

  • Attend local or regional college fairs and financial aid fairs with your parents.  Getting more information about each college/university will help you decide on which school you would like to attend.
  • Start applying! Be sure to complete ALL required sections of the application and request you high school transcripts and test scores to be sent to the college/university you are applying for.
    • Note: HPU does not require official transcripts and test scores for the application process. Scanned, digital, and screen shot copies are acceptable and can be uploaded directly to your online application (www.hpu.edu/apply).
  • If you still need to take your ACT or SAT (we accept both), check the testing site:
    ACT: Go to www.actstudent.org
    SAT: Go to www.collegeboard.com

 November 

  • Continue researching colleges/universities, working on applications and applying for scholarships. Be sure to keep an eye on application deadlines for particular schools.
    • Note: HPU is on a rolling admissions, meaning we review applications year-round.  However, our Early Action deadline is December 1st and Priority Application deadline is March 1st.
  • Brochures, handouts and packets regarding Financial Aid should be available for your high school counselor.  Pick one up and read it with your parents. If Financial Aid information is not available at your school, contact the Financial Aid Office or go to www.hpu.edu/financialaid to get more information about financial aid.
  • If you still need to take your ACT or SAT (we accept both), check the testing site:
    ACT: Go to www.actstudent.org
    SAT: Go to www.collegeboard.com

 December 

  • A lot of scholarship deadlines are approaching. Talk with your counselor to be sure you don’t miss any you are qualified for.  To see what scholarships we offer at HPU, go to www.hpu.edu/scholarships.
  • If you are planning on filing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), start getting your information together now, as it will take some time to complete. Go to www.hpu.edu/financialaid/Forms and click on the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet link. This will help you prepare for the FAFSA application.
  • Continue working on your college applications. Applying early will help you get the decision on your application sooner and will allow you more time to work on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • If you still need to take your ACT or SAT (we accept both), check the testing site:
    ACT: Go to www.actstudent.org
    SAT: Go to www.collegeboard.com

January 

  • Apply for federal financial aid. Visit FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on the web at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. This is the first step to receiving federal aid at colleges and universities. 
  • FAFSA applications can be filed after January 1st. Many schools have priority deadlines for some aid programs. Be sure to complete the FAFSA early in the year, and check with each school you are applying to. HPU's Priority Application and Financial Aid Deadline is March 1st.
  • Encourage your parents to complete their federal income tax returns early this year. This information will be collected on the FAFSA to determine your financial aid eligibility
  • You should be finishing up your applications but if you have not done so already, be sure to get your applications in!
  • Come visit HPU - in person. Speak with HPU faculty and staff, take a tour, and get your questions answered. Contact the Office of Admissions for specific information for tours and Preview Days.
  • If you still need to take your ACT or SAT (we accept both), check the testing site:
    ACT: Go to www.actstudent.org
    SAT: Go to www.collegeboard.com

 February 

  • Did any of the schools you applied to request your transcript showing first semester senior grades? If so, this is the time to request that they be sent.  And if you haven't started applying to colleges yet, get on them now because time is running out!
  • Make sure you submit your FAFSA application. March 1st is the priority deadline for the FAFSA application at HPU. Your FAFSA must be processed by this date so applications should be submitted earlier. Call (808) 544-0253 or toll-free 1-866-CALL-HPU (U.S. and Canada only) and get help from the Financial Aid Office.
  • Review your housing options. If you have been accepted by HPU, you should have received this information in your Acceptance Packet. Mark your calendar so you don't forget the March 30th deadline to submit your housing application for the on-campus residence halls at our windward Hawai‘i Loa campus. For an application, go to www.hpu.edu/housing and click on the downloadable form. Mail or fax the form to our Housing Office.
  • If you still need to take your ACT or SAT (we accept both), check the testing site:
    ACT: Go to www.actstudent.org
    SAT: Go to www.collegeboard.com

March

  • Visit HPU...in person. Speak with HPU faculty and staff, take a tour, and get your questions answered. Contact the Office of Admissions for specific information by calling (808) 544-0238 or toll free 1-866-225-5478.
  • If you filed your FAFSA in January, you should have your Student Aid Report (SAR) by now. Review it for errors and make any necessary corrections online. If you or your parents have since completed your federal income taxes and your income has changed, you should make these corrections online.
  • Check with the Financial Aid Office to see what other documents are necessary to complete your financial aid application.
  • Housing spaces are limited and filed on a first-come first-served basis. HPU priority on-campus housing application deadline is March 30.
  • If you still need to take your ACT or SAT (we accept both), check the testing site:
    ACT: Go to www.actstudent.org
    SAT: Go to www.collegeboard.com

April

  • Next month on May 1st is the National Reply Date to let the colleges/universities that you applied to know when you plan to attend. Evaluate your options and make your decision. Inform each school that you applied to know that you selected HPU. Even if you change your mind later, let these schools know as it will free up a space for another student.
  • If you qualified for student or parent loans, get the right forms and review lenders to see which one is right for you.

May

  • If you have not already done so, return the Intent to Enroll form along with the $200 registration deposit to the Office of Admission.  For more information, go to www.hpu.edu/intenttoenroll.  If you are still deciding on a college/university, please request an extension which will give you until June 1st to give us your final decision.
  • If you have applied for financial aid, make sure to sign and return all of the necessary forms to the Office of Financial Aid. If you have not reviewed or accepted your award online, login to your Campus Pipeline account to view your award. (When you were admitted to HPU, you were given a Campus Pipeline account and you should have received an email with information as to how to access it).
  • Make an Appointment with your Academic Advisor by visiting www.hpu.edu/advising. Your Academic Advisor will be able to help you organize your degree plan and figure out what courses to take in your upcoming semesters.

June/July

  • Let the Financial Aid Office know about any outside scholarships, grants or other kinds of student aid from private sources that you will receive. Your financial aid award may have to be adjusted.
  • Send in your health records to HPU's Registrar's Office with your Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) and TB shot records updated. Remember, your TB shot must be from within the past 12 months and from a U.S. doctor.
  • If you are planning to live on campus, make your final payment for university residence halls by June 1st. If you have federal financial aid to cover these expenses, make sure the Housing Office is aware of your situation and you have made payment arrangements.
  • If you are looking at Off-Campus Housing, please go to www.hpu.edu/commuterservices to see the resources and options you have for living off-campus.
  • If you haven't signed up for New Student Orientation, do so now at www.hpu.edu/orientation. It is a fun way to transition into HPU, make lasting friendships, prepare you to perform well academically, and build strong relationships with HPU's faculty and staff.
  • Send in your Official Final High School Transcript showing the date of your graduation to the Office of Admissions. Remember, your acceptance is contingent upon your graduation from high school. Transcript Request Form

August

  • Aloha and Congratulations, you made it to HPU. Arrive on campus and move into university housing or get situated in off-campus accommodations.
  • Take care of basic “housekeeping” needs. Open a bank account, get telephone service, and pick up your textbooks. Get ready for a great year ahead.
  • Attend New Student Orientation. Get acquainted with the University and meet fellow students from all over the U.S. and the world.


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