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Senior Year Time Line


Register for the October SAT or ACT exam if necessary.

Mark your calendar with important dates and deadlines for application and financial aid deadlines.

Get started on your applications right away particularly if you plan to apply Early Decision or Early Action. Continue working on the application essays.

Be sure to ask your teachers if they will write a recommendation for you. Give them plenty of time to write the recommendation.


Work on completing your application essays.

Make sure that your SAT or ACT test scores have been sent to all the colleges on your list.

You and your parents should prepare tax returns as early as possible — income and asset figures from your tax returns are needed to complete the FAFSA.

Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. File your FAFSA online and always before the priority financial aid deadlines set by your colleges. If you or your parents can’t complete the tax returns before the financial aid deadline, complete the form using the best information available and do a revision to the form later.

Do any of your colleges require the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE? If so, you should complete and submit this application online.

Male students who will be 18 at the time they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must register with Selective Service.


Continue to work hard in your classes. Colleges will be looking at your senior year grades in making admissions decisions.


Keep track of your college applications and deadlines to make sure that everything is submitted on time.


Most regular decision applications are due in January. Be sure all the necessary materials have been sent and received including applications, test scores, and recommendations.

Colleges like to see strong second semester grades, so avoid senioritis. Colleges can and do revoke acceptances if a student stops working to their normal ability.


Continue to search for scholarships and ask your counselor about local scholarships.


Most admission decisions and financial aid award letters will arrive by now. Read each carefully, and note all reply deadlines.

Review financial aid packages with your parents. Use the Compare Your Aid Awards tool at to do a comparison of each colleges award.

Send the enrollment form and deposit check to the college of your choice. Notify the other colleges to which you were accepted of your decision.

Study for May AP Exams.


Take the appropriate AP Exams. Have your scores sent to your final-choice college.

Send thank-you notes to teachers and other mentors who wrote you recommendations.


Have your final high school transcript sent to your college.

Send thank-you notes to scholarship programs that have given you aid.

Notify your college of any scholarships received.

2016 Diversity Fly-In Programs

  • April 1- The 2016 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship presented by the New York Urban League. Click here to apply.
  • April 1- NY Urban League Scholarship for New York City residents of African-American, Latino or Native American decent. Click here for more.
  • April 30- The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity. 3-6 awards of up to $20,000 will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate exceptional innovation and creativity. Click here for more.
  • August 15- NYS STEM Incentive Program. Click here for more.
  • August 31-  American Red Cross "Leaders Save Lives" Scholarship program. Click here for more. 
  • Ongoing- Micro Scholarships- students earn money for participating in high school activities. Click here for more. 
  • Ongoing- offers two types of scholarships: Campaign Scholarships and Seasonal Scholarships. Click here for more.
  • Additional Scholarships- NYC DOE’s Office of Guidance and School Counseling’ page is updated with scholarships available to NYC public school seniors. 

Free art classes for high school students - NYC

The Outreach Pre-College Art Program was created in 1992 as a full scholarship program to support New York City area high school students interested in pursuing a degree in art. The Outreach Program serves the needs of talented local high school students who would benefit most from a fully funded college level education. It helps students develop a portfolio worthy of art college admissions and scholarships. Professional artists and poets teach all courses, and Cooper Union undergraduates serve as teaching assistants. Instructional materials, field trip transportation, and museum admissions are provided at no cost.

The Outreach program offers art courses in Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions for New York City area high school students, grades 10-12. Enrollment is limited to 18 students per section, to ensure optimum time with instructors and critique of student work.

Classes take place on Saturdays from 9am-5pm, in 5 to 8-week courses. All students are required to take drawing classes, with additional workshops in animation, printmakingphotography, 3D design and 2D design. Each Saturday concludes with a seminar on contemporary art issues, which encourages students to discuss, think critically, and write about current issues. This seminar often includes guest speakers as well as museum, gallery and artist studio visits throughout New York City.

Each season concludes in a celebration of student artwork with an exhibition at the Cooper Union, as well as a reading to showcase the poetry from the creative writing workshops.

To apply for the Outreach Pre-College Art Program, students must fill out an application online and attend a portfolio review. The reviews are held on the Cooper Union campus and are conducted by Outreach staff, guest artists and alumni.

For more information on the Outreach Pre-College Art Program call 212-353-4202 or email[email protected]


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which helps high-achieving low-income students reach their full potential through education, is inviting applications for its College Scholarship Program.

Scholarship recipients will be awarded as much as $40,000 a year for four years for tuition, books, living expenses, and other required fees. Up to forty spaces are available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to financial support, the program provides an on-staff adviser to help students transition to college and maximize their campus experiences, a network of scholars, and opportunities students might not otherwise have, such as funding for internships, study abroad, and graduate study.

To be eligible, applicants must plan to graduate from a United States high school in spring 2015 and enroll in an accredited four-year college in fall 2015, demonstrate unmet financial need. and earn a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above, and a SAT combined math and critical reading score of 1200 or above or an ACT composite score of 26 or above.

For complete scholarship guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions, visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.

Additional scholarships, with due dates in April and beyond, can be found here

More than 65 colleges offer free summer and fall visits for under-represented and diverse students. We list all that we can find by providing the program and application dates and links to applications. If we provide a * before the college name, the trip is free. If we provide a (D), trip is for first gen students. We also give you estimated GPA and test scores for each college.

Skidmore will hold its annual Invite Day Visit Program on Veterans Day, November 11. We will bring more than 100 students from the greater NYC area and who hail from underrepresented backgrounds to visit campus for a full day of events, and then we return them to NYC at night.  I’ve attached the schedule for the day, and we would love for you to recommend students to ride our bus leaving from and returning to New York City.

Here is the criteria that we are hoping prospective Invite participants will meet:

- 12th graders from historically underrepresented backgrounds

- 80 or higher average across existing Regents exams (where applicable)

- Roughly in the top quarter of their school based on GPA distribution

Please pass the word on to students whom you feel would be a strong academic and personal fit for Skidmore. Those students can sign up using the following link:

Our selection process for this year’s program will look to increase the number of high schools represented on the trip, and so spots this year will likely fill up more quickly than in prior years. I encourage you to identify potential attendees whom you feel are the best fit and have them register as soon as possible via the link above, and we will send a confirmation email to those who have secured a spot. Once all spots are filled, we will maintain a waiting list in case openings become available at a later time. If you or your students have any questions, please let me know.

The University of Rochester’s Multicultural Visitation Program (MVP) allows you to experience Rochester firsthand: participate in co-curricular activities, sit in on classes, interact with current students, eat in campus dining halls, stay overnight in a residence hall, learn about our many intriguing academic programs, and meet faculty from various departments. Most importantly, MVP brings together high school seniors from diverse backgrounds and allows them to experience Rochester on a more personal level.

This year’s MVP will take place on Saturday, November 14 through Monday, November 16.

The University will provide housing accommodations and meals, and assistance with travel costs is available. While admission to this unique program is competitive, I encourage you to apply!

To learn more and to apply, visit

All application materials must be submitted by Friday, October 9.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (585) 275-3221 or toll free at (888) 822-2256.

Our Portfolio Review day for 12th graders interested in attending an art college is Saturday OCTOBER 3rd 2015

If you would like  one of our teachers to speak with your students about our program. please email me. We will do visits September 16th 17th 18th and Monday the 21st. We are specifically interested in targeting schools with a high percentage of students who receive free lunch.

The Cooper Union School of Art's SATURDAY PROGRAM was created by undergraduate students in 1968. In 46 years over 10,000 New York City public high school students have come through our studio classes. About 90% of these young people were guided onto higher education, many are now artists, art teachers, architects, designers, and all have become more culturally literate members of our society.

Applications are being accepted for the SATURDAY PROGRAM 2015-2016 year.

Saturday Program offers 7 free studio art courses enrolling 220 New York City Public High School students.

Classes meet from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays for two semesters, October through April. This schedule provides the intensive, discipline specific, studio time necessary to explore media, techniques and concepts for both beginners and students with prior art experience.

To encourage access for all, materials are provided at no charge.

Courses offered for Grades 9 -12 are:

Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Architecture & Sound Composition.

Students do not need prior experience; only motivation and a written application are required.

Applications are due September 22nd, though late applicants are accepted as space is available.

(Students who’ve attended Saturday Program must re-apply, admissions guaranteed as space permits.)

For High School Seniors our 2-semester Portfolio Preparation Class supports students competing for admissions

to art and architecture colleges. This intensive studio course includes work in a range of media and results in a final, professionally photographed 20 piece portfolio. Installations, collaborative projects and a  series of studio visits with professional artists complete the year. Applicants to the Portfolio class must attend an informal work review on October 3rd (please see flyer for details).

All Saturday Program classes make field trips to museums, galleries, and urban cultural sites.

Creative Writing Workshops are integrated into each visual arts curriculum.

The Program year culminates in April with an Annual Exhibition and Spoken Word Performance.

(To which you are cordially invited!)

For more information please call the Saturday Program Office at 212-353-4108.

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These pages give you general information about the CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT)  in Reading, Writing and Math, and a set of resources to guide you in your preparation to take them. You can meet admissions requirements based on New York Regents test scores, the SAT tests, or the ACT tests.