Senior College Planning Checklist - UW HELP

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College Planning Checklist

Getting ready for college can feel pretty overwhelming. That’s why we created a year-by-year checklist for students in high school. Take it bit by bit each year, so you can stay focused and skip the stress.


  • Meet with your high school counselor
  • Keep track of application dates and deadlines, scholarships and housing
  • Gather application materials. Include transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation
  • Submit your Universities of Wisconsin Application for admission. Go to to apply
  • Apply for financial aid using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)


  • Decide which UW you will attend next fall
  • Pay enrollment deposit (if required)
  • Complete your housing application
  • Watch your email for campus updates
  • Making housing decision


  • Register for college placement tests
  • Make the last semester of high school count
  • Take placement tests
  • Review financial aid offer from your future UW
  • Send final grades from your senior year to the UW you are attending


  • Sign up and attend student orientation at your future UW
  • Prepare for your first year of college

Download for Home!

Get a printable version you can use to track your progress this year.