Counseling Department

College Planning Checklist


  • Meet with your counselor.
  • Update Naviance.
  • Begin reviewing college choices and the application process.
  • Request letters of recommendation.
  • Continue to search for scholarships.
  • Consider retaking the ACT and/or SAT. Take SAT subject test if required by the college(s) you are applying to.
  • Pay attention to college deadlines, if you are applying early.


  • Attend at least one Colorado College Fair hosted at local high schools in each region of Colorado.
  • Meet with college representatives that visit GWHS.
  • Complete early action and/or early decision applications.
  • Complete and return the CSS Profile if required by your school (opens October 1)
  • Search for scholarships.


  • Complete Applications with January deadlines.
  • Attend GWHS Financial Aid Session


  • Complete Applications with January deadlines.
  • Continue to search for scholarships


  • Complete the FAFSA (Opens January 1). Attend GWHS FAFSA Night.
  • Request mid-year grades and reports be sent to colleges that request them.
  • Continue to search for scholarships.


  • Notify colleges of your final decision by May 1.
  • Send tuition and housing deposits to college of choice.
  • Complete all financial aid verification documents if needed.
  • Complete all Naviance/ICAP Requirements – Check Out – Graduate
  • In the fall, attend college visits in the Future Center, college fairs and Campus visits. Fill out information cards for colleges to get on their mailing lists.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of your junior year. For students applying early decision or early action these grades will be the last grades considered by the college admissions office.


  • Attend at least one Colorado College Fair hosted at local high schools in each region of Colorado.
  • Take the PSAT, if you have not done it as a sophomore.
  • Plan College visits over Fall Break.
  • Attend the In-State College Fair at George Washington High School in the fall.


  • Schedule a meeting with your counselor to discuss senior year classes


  • Review your transcript and credits. Begin to compare your classes with the classes required by colleges.
  • Develop a list of colleges that you are interested in.
  • Look at college applications and requirements.
  • Create a resume.
  • Update your Four-Year Plan in Naviance.
  • Stay focused on academics.
  • Attend college fairs, GWHS college visits and visit colleges when you can.
  • Begin to think about what you want to do with your future based on your interests, skills, activities and desires.
  • Focus on developing and improving your writing skills.
  • Take the PLAN & PSAT Test in the fall (Practice ACT & SAT).
  • Schedule a meeting with your counselor to discuss your college plans and to adjust your course choices schedule based on what colleges require.
  • Seek Leadership Experiences.
  • Explore summer college educational programs.
  • Start a college notebook. This will allow you to keep track of all of your college visits, thoughts and ideas.
  • Rethink your online image! Colleges are now checking out your Twitter, Facebook and instagram pages. Be careful how you present yourself online.
  • Continue to search for scholarships
  • Create your four-year plan with your counselor. This plan includes all of the requirements that you need to graduate. You will enter this data into Naviance.
  • Plan to take the most rigorous course schedule that you can handle.
  • Work with your counselor to insure that you create the schedule that fits you best.
  • Get involved in school activities and community service.
  • Find a passion or a hobby.
  • Begin to build good relationships with your teachers.
  • Start to look at colleges or even going to visit college campuses.
  • Remember every academic year counts
  • Invest in your high school experience; what you put into it will be what you get out of it.
  • If you are an athlete register with CORECOURSEGPA.COM
  • Start searching for scholarships