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Parent Checklist

The following checklists include tips for helping your student make the most out of the college search process during their junior or senior years of high school. In addition to the checklists, UT Arlington admissions counselors are available to help students learn more about UT Arlington and the steps to take during high school to make a smooth transition to college.

JUNIOR CHECKLIST

Fall 2011

  • Encourage your student to start a list of the schools they have an interest in! Do they offer their major? Where are they located? How much does it cost? Do they have support programs? It is always beneficial to look at several colleges!
  • Visit college websites to answer any questions you may have about financial aid or the application process, it is never too early to find out the answers!
  • Attend college fairs and financial aid nights throughout the year!
  • Talk to an admissions counselor. Throughout the year different admissions counselors will be visiting Texas high schools. This is a good time to ask questions, grab a business card, and get extra information that may help your student in deciding where to go to school.
  • Have your student register to take the official SAT or ACT tests in the spring! Most college representatives encourage students to submit at least 3 test scores. Your student can prepare themselves for the SAT and ACT by enrolling in an SAT/ACT preparatory class.

January 2012

  • Come to a Preview Day! UT Arlington has Preview Days throughout the fall and spring. Preview days are a great way to get your questions answered and see the school first hand.
  • The SAT is available on January 28. If your student is not ready to take the SAT, they can prepare themselves by taking practice tests, or review test questions in an SAT test booklet. Register for the test or find test prep materials at the College Board website.

February 2012

  • Begin researching colleges seriously and request materials from colleges. Write down the application and scholarship deadlines and add them to your calendar or to do list.
  • The ACT is available on February 11. If your student is not ready to take the ACT, they can prepare themselves by taking practice tests, or review test questions in an ACT test booklet. Register for the test or find test prep materials at the ACT website.

March 2012

  • Encourage your student to talk to their high school counselors or teachers. A counselor can help them through the admissions process their senior year. They can review test scores, class rank, and GPA, and talk with your student about their college options. It is also a good idea to find out what classes are required or recommended for your student by their college academic program. This will allow them to pick the appropriate courses during their senior year.
  • Visit colleges during spring break! Make the most of your student's free days out of school. Register for a UT Arlington campus tour.
  • The SAT is available on March 10. If your student is not ready to take the SAT, they can prepare themselves by taking practice tests, or review test questions in an SAT test booklet. Register for the test or find test prep materials at the College Board website.

April 2012

  • Make a final choice of three to five colleges that you and your student need to look at more closely! Visit each school and decide when you will begin the application and scholarship process for each.
  • The ACT is available on April 14. If your student is not ready to take the ACT, they can prepare themselves by taking practice tests, or review test questions in an ACT test booklet. Register for the test or find test prep materials at the ACT website.

May 2012

  • Take a campus tour and see a residence hall! This is the time of year that you should be taking campus tours if you haven’t already. Most housing is first come, first served. Take a tour early and view the different college housing options. Register for a UT Arlington campus tour.
  • The SAT is available on May 5. If your student is not ready to take the SAT, they can prepare themselves by taking practice tests, or review test questions in an SAT test booklet. Register for the test or find test prep materials at the College Board website.
  • Encourage your student to take their AP Exams. This is way to potentially receive college credit for high school classes. Learn more about what credits your student can earn at the Testing website.

Summer 2012 before Senior Year

  • Continue your tours of college campuses! The summer is a convenient time for the family to visit.
  • Have your student start saving money for college, volunteer for community service opportunities, and pursue academic enrichment! Doing these things will help your student put their best foot forward as they begin their senior year.
  • The SAT available on June 2 and the ACT is available on June 9! This is your student’s last chance before they begin their senior year. Register for the SAT at the College Board website or register for the ACT test at ACT website.

SENIOR CHECKLIST

Fall 2011

  • Encourage your student to start a list of the schools they have an interest in. It is always beneficial to apply to more than one school, and to complete the admissions process before scholarship deadlines.
  • Attend college fairs and financial aid nights throughout the year!
  • Talk to an admissions counselor. Setup an appointment with a counselor or talk with a counselor during a high school visit. This is a good time to ask questions and get extra information that may help your student with their college decision. Drop by the New Student Welcome Center or take a campus tour to visit with a UT Arlington admissions counselor
  • Have your student register to take the official SAT or ACT tests in the spring! Most college representatives encourage students to submit at least 3 test scores. Your student can prepare themselves for the SAT and ACT by enrolling in an SAT/ACT preparatory class Fall SAT test dates are October 1, November 5, and December 3. Fall ACT test dates are September 10, October 22, and December 10.
  • Encourage your student to talk to their high school counselors or teachers! A counselor can review test scores, class rank, and GPA, as well as talk with your student about their college options.
  • Come to a Preview Day! UT Arlington has Preview Days throughout the fall and spring. Preview days are a great way to get your questions answered, and see the school first hand.
  • Apply for admission at the Apply Texas website, if you haven't done so already. The scholarship deadline is February 15 and you must be admitted to the University before the deadline in order to be eligible for scholarships. Scholarships are awarded in the order that qualified students are admitted, so the earlier a student is admitted the better their chances of receiving and award.
  • Apply for housing early if you are thinking about living on a college campus! Students will have a greater chance of receiving their on campus living preference the sooner they apply for housing. Housing applications are available online. They will be processed after students are admitted to the university.

January 2012

  • The SAT is available on January 28. If your student is not ready to take the SAT, they can prepare themselves by taking practice tests, or review test questions in an SAT test booklet. Register for the test or find test prep materials at the College Board website.
  • Fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Try to have this form filled out before March.
  • Apply for admission at the Apply Texas website, if you haven't done so already. The scholarship deadline is February 15 and you must be admitted to the University before the deadline in order to be eligible for scholarships. Scholarships are awarded in the order that qualified students are admitted, so the earlier a student is admitted the better their chances of receiving and award.
  • Attend a Financial Aid Night at UT Arlington on January 24! Register for the event online.
  • If students are TSI liable, they will need to take the THEA Test or Accuplacer test during the spring before registering for college classes at orientation in the summer! Students may be exempt from these tests based on their SAT/ACT scores or their TAKS test scores. For more information visit the Texas Success Initiative page or the Testing website.

February 2012

  • The ACT is available on February 11! If your student is not ready to take the ACT, they can prepare themselves by taking practice tests, or review test questions in an ACT test booklet. Register for the test or find test prep materials at the ACT website.
  • The UT Arlington General scholarship deadline is February 15. Students must be admitted before February 15 and meet scholarship requirements to receive a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded in the order that qualified students are admitted, so the earlier a student is admitted the better their chances of receiving and award.
  • Students need to take the university required Math Aptitude Test before attending orientation during the months of June, July, and August. Students may be exempt from these tests based on the math portion of their SAT/ACT and requirements based on academic major. For more information see the Math website.

March 2012

  • Visit colleges during spring break! Make the most of your student's free days out of school. Register for a UT Arlington campus tour.
  • The SAT is available on March 10. If your student is not ready to take the SAT, they can prepare themselves by taking practice tests, or review test questions in an SAT test booklet. Register for the test or find test prep materials at the College Board website.
  • Attend a Financial Aid Night at UT Arlington on March 6! Register for the event online.
  • Apply for admission at the Apply Texas website if you haven't done so already. The Maverick Promise deadline is April 1 and you must be admitted to the University and have completed your FAFSA (including verification if necessary) before the deadline in order to be eligible for the Maverick Promise.

April 2012

  • The ACT is available on April 14. If your student is not ready to take the ACT, they can prepare themselves by taking practice tests, or review test questions in an ACT test booklet. Register for the test or find test prep materials at the ACT website.
  • Your student will receive an orientation postcard in mid-April if they have already been admitted! The orientation packet will explain the details on how to prepare for New Maverick Orientation during the months of June, July, and August.

May 2012

  • The SAT is available on May 5. If your student is not ready to take the SAT, they can prepare themselves by taking practice tests, or review test questions in an SAT test booklet. Register for the test or find test prep materials at the College Board website.
  • Encourage your student to take their AP Exams. This is a way to potentially receive college credit for high school classes. Learn more about what credits your student can earn at the Testing website.
  • Request your final high school transcript to be sent to UT Arlington. The final high school transcript must be received when classes start at UT Arlington. Students should also submit dual credit transcripts as well.
  • Complete the FAFSA if you haven't done so already. The priority deadline to fill out the FAFSA for the fall semester is May 15!

Summer 2012 before College

  • The SAT available on June 2 and the ACT is available on June 9! This is your student’s last chance to take the test before the start of the fall semester in August. Register for the SAT at the College Board website or register for the ACT test at ACT website.
  • Attend New Maverick Orientation where you will learn about being a student and register for classes.
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